There are a number of health care professionals that need to be seen on a regular basis, from your dentist for biannual dental cleanings and your family doctor for yearly checkups. But when it comes to your hearing health care, it can be a little tricky to know when you should see an audiologist.
How often you should see an audiologist is highly dependent on different circumstances. To help you identify when you should visit your local audiologist, below are some of the top situations that indicate that it’s time to make an appointment.
As a significant part of hearing care is prevention, it is essential that you stay well-informed when it comes to your hearing. That means coming in for regularly scheduled diagnostic hearing evaluations, potentially at an earlier age than you expect.
While hearing loss is often associated with seniors, the truth is, the signs of hearing loss can start to manifest at any point in your life. Hearing loss is less likely for those under forty years old, but individuals in their forties and fifties can benefit from starting to have annual hearing evaluations. That way, any hearing loss that has begun to develop can be identified and addressed.
Impacted cerumen (earwax) can cause temporary hearing loss and trigger tinnitus. Also, depending on the level of impaction, a build-up of earwax can be painful. If you are experiencing cerumen blockage, it is important that you have it taken care of properly to avoid damaging your hearing.
When you come into our hearing clinic to consult with our audiologist, he can provide you with options to take care of your impacted cerumen. If it can be corrected at home, our audiologist may provide you with an earwax softening solution that you can use at home. However, if the impaction is severe, our audiologist can clean out the wax in-office.
Changes in your hearing—especially if it is a sudden change—can be a clear indicator that it is time to visit our audiologist. There may be a simple solution, such as fluid build-up in the ears or impacted earwax. However, the change in your hearing may be due to permanent hearing loss, and you will need hearing aids to correct the issue.
If you already have hearing aids, but they are no longer powerful enough to provide you with the hearing gains you need, there are two options. Our audiologist can try and reprogram your hearing aids to see if they can be made to compensate for the hearing changes. If that does not work, you will need new hearing aids.
Should you choose to purchase new hearing aids through our hearing clinic, you have the option to test drive your hearing aids before buying. That way, you can be sure that these are the hearing aids that are best suited to your hearing needs.
For those individuals struggling with tinnitus, how often you need to see an audiologist can vary depending on the effectiveness of your tinnitus treatment. If you haven’t had your tinnitus evaluated, that is where you should start with your visit with our audiologist.
Once your tinnitus evaluation is completed, our audiologist can create a tinnitus management plan with you. This plan may outline a certain number of visits to help ensure that your tinnitus is under control. Also, as hearing aids are often part of tinnitus management—with or without hearing loss present—your visits with our audiologist can be impacted whether you receive hearing aids or not.
Having your hearing aids professionally cleaned by our audiologist once a quarter can extend the lifespan of your hearing aids. As our audiologist has specialized tools to help clean your hearing aids more thoroughly, it makes sense to bring your hearing aids in for regularly scheduled cleanings.
Also, during these cleanings, our audiologist can check your hearing aids for any issues. If you need the listening programs tweaked, or a simple repair needs to be made, our audiologist can make those fixes for you.
Whether you need to have a diagnostic hearing test or hearing aid repair, you can count on The Hearing Clinic. With multiple hearing clinic locations, you can easily accommodate a visit with our audiologist.
If you would like to work with our audiologist to care for your hearing needs, feel free to contact us today to set up an appointment. We look forward to providing you with the best hearing care in the Denver area.