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4 Reasons to See an Audiologist

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About one-fifth of Americans have some sort of hearing loss. Once we reach 65, one in three Americans have hearing loss. Yet we often put off seeking treatment. Audiologists can perform several hearing tests to determine if you have hearing loss, but they also do much more. Here are four reasons to see an audiologist.

1. Excessive earwax

For many people, earwax takes care of itself. Our ears are actually self-cleaning and do the job of moving earwax away from the eardrum to the outer ear where it can be swept away. But some people produce more earwax than others. This commonly occurs in those who wear hearing aids or earplugs on a regular basis. The production of additional earwax can cause a painful build-up known as an impaction. Audiologists are able to remove an earwax impaction without causing damage or irritation to your ears.

2. Ringing in your ears

The American Tinnitus Association says nearly 50 million Americans suffer from some form of tinnitus. The condition causes you to hear a buzzing, ringing, whistling, hissing or swooshing sound in the ears when no external sound is present. Tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss and audiologists can help reduce ringing in the ears through treatment with hearing aids. They also diagnose and treat other tinnitus issues such as sinus pressure, head trauma, high blood pressure or TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).

3. Changes in your hearing

If you notice that you’re not hearing some sounds as well as you used to or that you are often turning up the volume on the television, you may have some hearing loss. Audiologists perform several hearing exams as well as a physical check to determine the cause of any hearing loss and how best to treat it. It’s important not to delay scheduling a hearing exam if you suspect that your hearing is diminishing. While aging is a major cause of hearing loss, audiologists also check for other issues related to hearing loss. It’s especially important to have a hearing examination if you notice a sudden change due to trauma or exposure to loud sounds.

4. For hearing aids

Audiologists are trained professionals with advanced degrees. Most audiologists hold a doctor of Audiology (Au.D) or similar degree. Because of their extensive knowledge of the ear, audiologists can provide the best advice and guidance when it comes to treating hearing loss. If you suspect you need hearing aids, see an audiologist for a hearing exam. Your audiologist will discuss the results with you and help you choose the best hearing aids for your budget and your lifestyle.

When it comes to your hearing, an audiologist provides comprehensive treatment and care. These four reasons to see an audiologist are the most common. If you have severe ear pain or sudden hearing loss, it’s best to see an audiologist or your primary health care provider as quickly as possible.