When Should You See an Audiologist?
Going to see an audiologist might seem scary but often there is nothing to worry about. Many auditory issues don’t cause permanent damage and progression in hearing aids means that many people who are struggling with their hearing experience a new lease on life.
Many people have a difficult time recognizing their hearing issues because it usually develops gradually. However, if you’ve been experiencing any of the following issues, schedule a visit with your local audiologist.
You are experiencing gradual hearing loss
Yes, this one is obvious, but given how many people are in denial about their hearing, it is important to note. Though gradual hearing loss can be difficult to spot as soon as you notice a problem, you should always book an appointment to see your audiologist to see what is going on.
There are many causes of hearing loss and diagnosing these will help find the right treatment.
You have sudden hearing loss
Sudden loud noises or changes in pressure can cause you to have sudden hearing loss and you must always consult an audiologist if this happens. Trauma to the ear must be assessed and diagnosed as quickly as possible to help mitigate any damage and to start a treatment plan.
You are struggling to balance
The inner ear isn’t just about hearing, your balance is also managed here. Vertigo or symptoms such as dizziness may be an indication that there is a problem in your inner ear and should be treated carefully. While these symptoms are most often caused by a virus, it is vital that you get checked over to rule out other possibilities.
Your ears are ringing
There are some instances where ringing ears are completely normal. For example, if you have been on a night out in a loud bar, your ears are likely to ring afterwards. However, in most cases, your ears should stop ringing after a few hours.
If your ears have been ringing for a much longer period of time, you should always go to see your audiologist as you may be experiencing tinnitus. Your audiologist will be able to diagnose your condition and may also be able to give you a masking device or specialized hearing aid to reduce your symptoms.
One of the most common reasons for ear discomfort is impacted earwax. This is where too much earwax has made it down to the eardrum and is causing pressure. An audiologist will be able to diagnose this problem with test and can treat you quickly to relieve the pressure by removing the wax using specialist tools. You should never try to remove excess wax yourself as you may cause further damage. Avoid cleaning your ears with cotton swabs too.