Hearing is essential to be able to experience life to the fullest and enjoy many of life’s precious moments. The loss of hearing can affect the quality of life, leading to depression, isolation and chronic diseases in severe cases.
An audiologist assesses and diagnoses hearing, balance and associated disorders in people of all ages. Based on this, they discuss with patients on the best plan for intervention and treatment of hearing and balance problems. An audiologist may also recommend hearing aids and other assistive listening devices to an affected patient.
When To Seek Treatment
- If you consistently find other mumbles in your words and do not speak clearly even in quiet situations
- If you are asking others for repetition frequently
- If people surrounding you consistently complain that you listen to the TV or phone at an uncomfortable volume
- If you experience difficulties to understand conversations with background noises
- If you tend to go out less due to inability to follow a group conversation
- As part of annual hearing evaluation for the elderly population
- If hereditary hearing loss runs in your family
- If you experience sudden hearing related symptoms accompanied by unsteadiness, dizziness or vertigo
- If you experience bothersome and persistent ringing in ears (tinnitus)
- Diagnostic pure tone audiometry
- Acoustic reflex testing
- Eustachian tube function test