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Why do People See an Audiologist?

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These days, it can be hard to understand what some medical professionals do. In the world of hearing healthcare, this is especially true. Patients suffering from hearing loss can choose from visiting an otolaryngologist, audiologist or hearing aid specialist. Each professional provides varying levels of care and service. The most commonly seen hearing healthcare professional is an audiologist. An audiologist is capable of diagnosing and treating hearing loss and other conditions of the auditory system, including tinnitus and balance issues.

What does an audiologist do?

By using tests and reading their results, audiologists are able to diagnose patients with specific types and degrees of hearing loss. An audiologist will use myriad tests and devices, such as audiometers, computers and more to identify a patient’s hearing ability and balance, determine the extent of hearing damage and identify the underlying cause.

Who sees an audiologist?

Although it seems like hearing loss affects only older people, in truth, many people of all ages will visit an audiologist. People will visit an audiologist if they have hearing loss, tinnitus or other balance disorders or issues.

Why do people see an audiologist?

Audiologists treat more than hearing loss. People will visit an audiologist for:

  • Hearing loss: An audiologist will evaluate and treat hearing, balance and tinnitus disorders.
  • Hearing aids/assistive technology: Audiologists will be able to select and custom-fit hearing aids and assistive technology.
  • Dizziness and balance: An audiologist will be able to treat issues related to balance.
  • Hearing screening and testing: Audiologist can screen individuals of all ages to identify possible hearing disorders.
  • Noise and hearing loss prevention: Audiologists are educators and can help explain to patients how to protect their hearing from the effects of noise.
  • Tinnitus: Audiologists are capable of working with individuals who suffer from tinnitus to either cure the issue or alleviate the symptoms.
  • Communication tips: Audiologists will help patients and their loved ones improve communication in daily living.

Where are audiologists found?

There are many locations where an audiologist can work, providing ease of access for many new patients. Audiologists can be found in:

  • Private practices
  • Physician’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Government associations

If you feel you could benefit from the knowledge of an audiologist, schedule an appointment with a professional in your area.