What Does an Audiologist Do?
Hearing is not just one of the 5 senses; it plays an important part in your quality of life. If you notice a decrease in your hearing ability, whether it be the clarity or volume of sound, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a doctor of audiology to diagnose and treat the problem. But what does an audiologist do?
Audiologists provide care for both hearing and balance issues.
- Audiologists can perform audiograms to measure and assess hearing loss. During an audiogram, an audiologist will guide you through a series of hearing tests to determine the pitch and volume you are capable of hearing. These measurements are then mapped against normal hearing ranges to create a picture of hearing capability and impairment. Audiograms are an important tool in diagnosing and treating hearing problems.
- Audiologists can create a unique treatment plan that is tailored to your specific hearing ability. While some hearing loss can be temporary, other types are permanent due to physical damage to the ear. Depending on the type and severity, an audiologist may suggest hearing aids, a cochlear implant, or even surgery. Audiologists are trained to guide you through your options and select one that is best for you.
- There are many different styles of hearing aids, each with its own unique technology and features. Audiologists can help you select a hearing aid, then prescribe and program the hearing aid to ensure it’s the best fit for you.
- Tinnitus, ringing in the ears, is a chronic condition that is tied to hearing loss. While there is no cure for tinnitus, an audiologist can provide guidance for reducing its impact on your day-to-day life.
- Audiologists also treat balance disorders caused by the vestibular system. Dizziness and vertigo stem from an issue with the inner ear; an audiologist can treat vestibular problems.
At Biltmore ENT, our board-certified doctors of audiology are passionate about identifying and treating hearing and balance disorders, so you can focus on living a life you are passionate about. If you’re suffering from hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, or more, don’t wait for it to get worse! Call (602) 956-1250 to schedule an appointment.