Two terms that are tossed around in the hearing community are audiologist and hearing aid specialist. Often, people are very confused about the differences in these professions. Many wonder what exactly what merits the distinction between “audiologist” and “hearing aid specialist or dispenser”. Certainly, the confusion is surrounding the fact that both professions provide hearing aids to people with hearing difficulties. However, the reality is that there are several differences that should be addressed to really understand these two different profession’s role in treatment of hearing loss, and education definitely plays a huge factor.
If you suffer from hearing loss, you have probably experienced frustration at not being able to follow a conversation or being left out of conversations altogether. You have probably also been on the receiving end of other’s frustrations when you have to ask them to repeat something for the second or third time. The following are strategies that you and those you speak with on a regular basis can use to ensure that you do not miss out on what is being said.
Has your doctor told you that you have hearing loss? You are not alone. Hearing loss is more common than you think. Statistics from Hearingloss.org, claim that 20% of Americans have reported some degree of hearing loss! It makes you wonder how many more there are that are unreported. Hearing loss can also further complicate other medical conditions, such as dementia. It is important to treat your hearing loss, whether its surgical, medicinal, or managed with hearing aids. Depending on your specific type of hearing loss, management is discussed by the audiologist and ENT physician for what is in your best interest.
Hearing Aid Overview
There are many different types of hearing aids that all have the main goal of making hearing easier. However, with each different type comes different specifications (such as different hearing losses, ear sizes, etc.) that should be evaluated before choosing which one is best for you. Hearing loss is not something that can be broadly generalized, it is analyzed on an individual basis, in regards to a person’s medical history, noise exposure, and lifestyle. Commonwealth ENT has their doctors fully evaluate your ears and your hearing, to recommend if hearing aids are for you, and if so, which style will suit you best!
There’s a sound in my head, how can I alleviate my tinnitus?
Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, is a condition in which the affected person hears unusual sounds such as ringing or buzzing that only they can hear. These sounds can be continuous or intermittent, both in duration and volume. While most people consider it a mild annoyance, some cases can severely disrupt a person’s ability to sleep or concentrate. Tinnitus can be caused by a number of different things, including being a symptom of hearing loss. It can also be spontaneous. After you have had your tinnitus checked out by the ENT physician and Audiologist, you can take control in managing the symptoms. Here are some things you can do to help alleviate your tinnitus.