No matter what issues you are having with your ears, neglecting to get treatment can result in pain and permanent hearing loss. Below are 4 reasons to consider seeing an audiologist. Doing so will allow you to know for sure what is going on with your ears and receive the treatment needed to correct the issue.
1. Hearing loss
Sometimes it is easy to notice hearing loss and it is apparent that you need to look at steps to bring it back to where it should be. Other times symptoms of hearing loss can be faint and you need someone to confirm your suspicions so you can consider future options. Either way, you will need an initial hearing exam.
Scheduling an appointment with an audiologist is important because it gives you an opportunity to discuss your symptoms. The audiologist can first do an exam with an otoscope to determine if there are any blockages. A tympanogram is typically performed next to determine if there is any fluid around your eardrum. Then a tone threshold test is performed where you are asked to respond to different frequencies. These tests are helpful in determining the issue causing your hearing issues and a plan can be formulated from there.
Tinnitus is defined as a person hearing ringing, buzzing, or swooshing noises when in reality no such noises are present. If you are experiencing this, you definitely need to make an appointment to see an audiologist.
As mentioned, when you see an audiologist, one of the first things he/she will do is an exam of your ears. This will determine if there is a reason for the noises, such as pressure on the eardrum, wax, nerve damage, or any injuries to the area. If the exam determines you have hearing loss, the audiologist can then proceed with and provide you with hearing aids or a masker to help alleviate symptoms. If the tinnitus is due to something that is not ear-related, he/she can proceed to connect you with the appropriate resource.
Your ears are in interesting body part. They are self-cleaning because they expel dirt and debris when wax makes its way out from the inner ear to the outer area. While this process is obviously beneficial, there are things that can lead to buildup such as overuse of cotton swabs and an excess of earwax. This leads to a blockage that can affect your hearing and often it is painful. Therefore, it needs attention.
An audiologist can assist with an earwax blockage. While a family doctor or nurse practitioner can drain the ear of any buildup, this may result in only a temporary solution. An audiologist has special tools to remove impacted earwax, ensuring you are rid of it once and for all. The audiologist can then examine your ear to determine if any damage was done by the excess earwax.
4. Inner ear infection
Ear infection are common in adults as well as children. When they occur doctors often prescribe a form of penicillin to destroy the infection and bacteria causing the problem. This is an effective treatment, however if you or your child have recurring ear infections, it may be due to a bigger issue.
An audiologist can examine your ear and determine if a fluid buildup or space around the eardrum is the culprit for your infections. He/she can complete a few tests to determine whether treatment is needed. Treatments can range from antibiotics to a surgical procedure where tubes are inserted into the ear to allow fluids to exit the eardrum.