New patients visit an audiologist because they complain that they are not able to hear. While the symptom is the same for every patient, the cause varies and must be identified for proper care.
Causes of hearing loss include:
- Ear Wax
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss
- Physical Trauma
- Ear Infections
- Genetic disposition
- Ménière’s Disease
- Ototoxic Medications
While hearing loss due to a build up of wax may require cleaning, hearing loss due noise exposure may require customized ear plugs or earmuffs. Every solution an audiologist provides takes into account lifestyle, type of hearing loss, and the comfort of the patient.
When an audiologist is able to identify the cause of hearing loss they can provide solutions to prevent further hearing loss. While your hearing can not be fully restored, they can prevent further damage. In addition, they can recommend a wide range of Assistive Listening Devices to amplify sound.
There is never a “one size fits all” approach to practicing audiology. The patient’s number one task is to honestly communicate with the doctor. There is a solution for every situation, and a good audiologist will not only ask the right questions but will also take the time to listen to your answers.