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How Can an Audiologist Assist You?

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Even though an audiologist's expertise is in the ear, they can have a significant effect on your well-being in other ways as well. An audiologist can assist you in a variety of ways they have a wide variety of diagnostic tools at their disposal to evaluate the severity of your condition and make treatment recommendations.

Although loss of hearing is the most common symptom that prompts a patient to seek out the services of an audiologist, these professionals are also equipped to help with issues such as speech impediments, dizziness, tinnitus and problems with balance and wax buildup.

Maximize Your Hearing Abilities

The first logical step is to consult an audiologist, who is an expert in both diagnosing and treating conditions related to hearing loss. An audiologist can perform tests to diagnose hearing loss, evaluate whether the condition is reversible, and recommend treatments, regardless of whether the hearing loss is gradual or sudden. An audiologist will not only be able to fit and adjust a hearing aid so that it is optimally suited to your requirements, but they will also provide routine examinations to ensure that you make the most of your hearing for the longest period of time possible.

Help You Maintain Your Balance

If you are experiencing balance problems, such as dizziness or vertigo, you should consult an audiologist first. Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of balance disorders, such as labyrinthitis, benign paroxysmal vertigo, Meniere's disease and vestibular neuritis. They might also recommend exercises that will help you feel steadier in your body.

Remove Hardened Wax

Your audiologist can help you if you have a buildup of compacted earwax that you can't seem to get rid of on your own. They will use a tiny instrument known as a curette to remove the earwax from the canal in a gentle manner. This is a procedure that should not be tried at home or by someone other than a trained professional. Not only will this technique clean out your ear canal, but it will also help to alleviate any pain or discomfort that was brought on by the wax.

Treat Tinnitus

Tinnitus is more common than you might think, and it can be caused by things like undiagnosed hearing loss or damage to the ear. Depending on the underlying cause of your tinnitus, an audiologist is the most qualified professional to advise you on the most appropriate treatment strategy to use. For instance, if you have hearing loss and tinnitus at the same time, the most effective treatment may be to get a hearing aid. A masking device, on the other hand, might be of more assistance to you in reducing the effects of the ringing in your ears.

Improved Communication

There are multiple ways in which an audiologist can assist a patient with communicating with the world around them. They begin by assisting their patients in enhancing their hearing, which greatly enhances their confidence in their ability to communicate. Audiologists also provide counseling and rehabilitation services to those who are hard of hearing, as well as to the family members and friends of those who are hard of hearing. Communication improves for all parties when the patient and their loved ones are both counseled and rehabilitated.

Last but not least, audiologists are also involved in the process of educating the general public about hearing health, hearing loss and treatment options in order to provide a deeper comprehension of the conditions.