A common misconception is that audiologists are primarily associated with the treatment of hearing loss with hearing aid fitting and management. However, the number of conditions and the ways in which audiologists can help you are far more extensive, as I have outlined in more detail below.
Hearing Health Concerns
- Audiologists can help with all aspects of hearing loss care and management. They can administer tests to establish the type and degree of hearing loss a person may be experiencing and recommend suitable treatment.
- Often known as ringing in the ears, tinnitus is a hearing health condition that can impact a person’s quality of life. Audiologists can diagnose tinnitus and prescribe treatments, such as hearing aids with tinnitus masking features.
- Audiologists can also help with the management of ear health, such as impacted earwax. If earwax builds up in the ear canal, it can cause issues such as pain, aural fullness and even hearing loss. Audiologists are able to safely remove earwax buildup using professional, reliable techniques.
- Audiologists can help to diagnose the symptoms of ear infections and other ear related health problems.
Hearing Aid Management
- Audiologists can properly fit a person’s hearing aids to make sure they get the most from their device and to ensure full functionality is achieved.
- Hearing aids are worn every day, which means they can be susceptible to dust, earwax buildup, moisture and similar issues. In some cases, these issues can be significant enough to impede the device’s ability to function. Audiologists can professionally clean hearing aids and return them to full working order.
- If hearing aids malfunction, audiologists can conduct repairs and return the device in the best possible condition.
Hearing Health Advice and Guidance
- Audiologists can advise on the different types of hearing protection that are available and which may be the most suited to an individual’s specific requirements.
- Good hearing protection is crucial in the effort to protect hearing health, particularly for those who are regularly exposed to loud noise – such as musicians or those who work in construction.
- Audiologists can also provide lifestyle and hearing health tips that can help to preserve existing hearing.
- Audiologists can help people to communicate more effectively when living with hearing loss.
- This can include teaching people how to recognize facial cues or lip read.
- Audiologists can also help family members of those experiencing hearing loss, helping to foster good communication techniques.