Who is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, as well as interpersonal skills to counsel and guide patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of these disorders, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life.
Audiologic (Hearing) Evaluation
On your first visit to an audiologist, he or she will start by asking you questions about your medical and hearing history. This is called the case history. Next, the audiologist will look into your ears using a light, called an otoscope, and check for anything in the ear canal that might affect the test results or require referral to your doctor. Finally, the audiologist will conduct a test or series of tests to assess:
* Whether there is a hearing loss
* The cause of the hearing loss (to the extent possible)
* The degree and configuration (one or both ears?) of hearing loss
* The best treatment options
Who Should be Screened for Hearing Loss?
If you have any of following conditions, you are the right candidate for hearing assessment.
* People seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they use to
* Have difficulty following conversation in noisy surroundings like in a restaurant or at a party
* Find yourself asking people to repeat what they say
* Turn up the volume on your TV so that others comment on its loudness
* Avoid taking calls on the telephone because it is difficult to hear what people are asking
* Have difficulty pinpointing the direction of where a sound is coming from
* Someone close to you mentioned that you may have an issue with your hearing
* Use a lot of effort just to follow everyday conversations
* Have to strain to hear everything that is said in a meeting
* Missing out on activities/events you used to enjoy due to problems with your hearing
* Must really concentrate to hear someone talk or whisper
A variety of tests can be used to identify and diagnose a hearing loss. The method used depends in part on the age of the individual and other factors.
* Pure-Tone Testing
* Speech Testing
* Tests of the Middle Ear
* Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
* Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)
* Pre-employment hearing test
* Hearing Aid
* Cochlear Implant
* Hearing Assistive Technology
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