May 24, 2021

Audiology; Caring For Your Ears The Right Way

What is Audiology?

Audiology is a branch of science that specifically studies hearing, balance, and related communication disorders. An audiologist is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in evaluating the hearing of adults, infants, and children, and in implementing appropriate corrective treatment via hearing aids, rehabilitative services or other technological means as needed. Audiologists also specialize in the assessment and treatment of balance disorders and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Audiology Services at Evercare

  • Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA)
  • Tympanometry
  • Oto-acoustic Emissions (OAE)
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) 
  • Hearing Aids Trial/Evaluation

About hearing loss

Hearing loss is a partial or total inability to hear sounds in one or both ears, ranging from mild to profound loss. 

What causes hearing loss?

Quite a number of factors can cause hearing loss, some of which are:

  • Aging 
  • Heredity
  • Ear Infections
  • excessive earwax
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Exposure to excessive noise 
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes. 

How can I tell if I have a hearing loss?

Do you…

  • often ask people to repeat themselves?
  • frequently think others are mumbling?
  • fail to hear someone talking from behind you?
  • turn up the volume on the TV or car radio?
  • have difficulty hearing on the phone?
  • have difficulty hearing at the movies?
  • have trouble hearing in groups or loud environments, such as at parties or restaurants?
  • Do you have any history of exposure to loud noise in recreational activities, at work, or the military

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions it could indicate a hearing loss. 

Tips to help protect your hearing

  • not insert any object into the ear
  • Use earplugs and earmuffs in noisy places
  • In case of any ear problems, consult a doctor immediately
  • Check if medicines you take can affect your hearing
  • Have your hearing tested regularly

What should I do if I think I have a hearing loss?

If you suspect you might have a hearing loss, it is important to get your hearing checked by a professional. This will help determine if there is any underlying medical condition causing the problem.

To get your hearing checked, you can see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, your primary care physician or go directly to an audiologist. Hearing loss can be prevented and its impact reduced.

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