What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are licensed professionals who are trained in the science of hearing, balance, and related disorders. They provide diagnosis and treatment for hearing loss and a range of hearing related issues, such as tinnitus and balance disorders.
Hearing loss may occur to anyone, at any age. Audiologists are trained to identify and treat hearing loss in people of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Audiologists may receive a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree in Audiology.
Making Accurate Diagnoses
Audiologists are the highest-trained individual to administer a hearing test, diagnose, evaluate, and rehabilitate hearing.
When you first visit an audiologist, you will review your personal and family medical history and provide your audiologist with information about your hearing abilities. Following this consultation, your audiologist will examine your ears and administer a series of hearing exams. These hearing exams provide a clear picture of your hearing abilities in the form of an audiogram.
The audiogram provides your audiologist with a visual representation of your hearing abilities. Based on the results of the audiogram, your audiologist will provide you an accurate diagnosis of your hearing abilities, which will lead to the best treatment available for you.
Identifying Related Medical Conditions
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications.”
Many studies from hearing researchers have revealed related physical and emotional conditions linked to untreated hearing loss. There have been links between untreated hearing loss and a potential risk to developing dementia, as well as emotional issues that stem from anxiety, stress, and social isolation.
At the same time, there are a number of medical conditions that may lead to hearing loss, such as cardiovascular conditions or reactions to ototoxic (ear poisoning) medications. Because hearing is such a complex condition, audiologists have been trained to identify and address medical issues that may cause or may stem from hearing loss. Audiologists do not perform surgery or prescribe medication, but unlike hearing instrument professionals at commercial dispensaries, audiologists have the education and knowledge to identify related medical conditions.
Personal Care, Rather than Profits
Hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the United States. Ask yourself: when you are seeking treatment for a medical condition that great impacts your life, would you rather seek treatment from someone motivated by profit or a professional trained to provide the best care?
When it comes to hearing aid dispensaries, employees are trained to recommend and fit hearing aids – but the main goal is selling a hearing aid for profit.
Audiologists, on the other hand, have devoted many years to receiving a degree that provides them the skills and knowledge to tackle the medical condition of hearing loss.
Our audiologists understand that hearing is a personal experience – no two people hear alike. At Central Oregon ENT, we provide holistic, patient-centered care for people who experience hearing loss, driven by medical expertise – and not our profit margin.
If you are experiencing changes in your hearing – or you have been a seasoned wearer of hearing aids – it is important to visit an audiologist to address your hearing health. At Central Oregon ENT, our audiologists provide dedicated personal care within a rigorous scientific context. We believe in our abilities to provide you the most focused care for your hearing needs.