An audiologist is a healthcare expert who specializes in treating hearing loss and balance disorders. In addition to evaluating and diagnosing hearing impairment and balance problems in adults and children, audiologists:
Prescribe, fit and dispense hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive listening devices.
Implement hearing loss prevention and newborn hearing screening programs.
Provide hearing and vestibular rehabilitation training.
Treat tinnitus, central processing disorders and other problems associated with hearing and balance.
Hearing is an especially vital sense that enables us to communicate our desires and emotions, but many people take it for granted. Those who suffer from hearing loss may not even be aware of a problem, or might feel too embarrassed to seek help. These individuals are hardly alone, though: hearing loss is common, especially as we age. Fortunately, advances in hearing aid technology have led to vast improvements in sound quality, comfort and convenience. Your audiologist can help you choose a hearing device perfect for your lifestyle.
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as a whistling, hissing, buzzing, whooshing, or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that over 50 million Americans suffer from Tinnitus.
Hearing loss is difficult at any age. In children, it’s particularly challenging, as it creates a barrier to learning. Fortunately, many causes of pediatric hearing loss are treatable, and it is often possible to return the sounds of childhood to a young life.
If you suspect or know that the person you are speaking with has a hearing loss, there are steps you can take to enhance communication.
Some types of hearing loss are unavoidable. There is little that can be done about presbycusis (age-related hearing loss), for instance. But hearing loss that occurs as the result of excessive noise exposure during work or leisure activities is preventable. The key is to recognize when noise levels exceed safe thresholds, and to wear hearing protection at all times in those situations.
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