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When You Need To See An Audiologist Instead Of An ENT

When You Need To See An Audiologist Instead Of An ENT

When You Need To See An Audiologist Instead Of An ENT

Once you start to experience hearing difficulty, it is natural to look up your symptoms and see what types of hearing health care professionals you need to see. In your searches, you likely have come across recommendations to see audiologists and Ear-Nose-Throat doctors (ENT).

While these two types of hearing health care professions may be referred to interchangeably, each of them provides different hearing services.

When You Should See An Audiologist

A doctor of audiology (Au.D.) primarily deals with the effects of hearing loss, especially when it comes to sensorineural hearing loss. While they are not a medical doctor, doctors of audiology are experiencing in treating non-medical hearing loss issues and provide a range of services.

Signs that you should schedule a visit with your local audiologist are:

  • Noticed decreased hearing - Hearing loss is generally gradual, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t notice as your hearing deteriorates. Also, hearing loss is not the only reason that you may have a decrease in hearing, so it is important to be assessed by an audiologist to be sure of the source of the issue.

  • Require hearing aid assistance - Whether you are looking for hearing aids, need your hearing aids repaired or reprogrammed, an audiologist is the hearing specialist you need. The specialized knowledge and experience with hearing aids that you get with a doctor of audiology will make all the difference when you need a hearing aid issue taken care of properly.

  • Discomfort with earwax - When earwax builds up, it can reach a point where you can’t resolve the problem with over-the-counter wax softeners. You should never try to insert something to remove the wax, as that can compact the earwax further and potentially damage your eardrum. Instead, if your ears are uncomfortable due to earwax, an audiologist can remove the excess wax in-office.

  • Unable to hear high-pitched sounds - Losing the ability to lose the higher frequency levels is a common sign of hearing loss. Often, this loss manifests in the inability to clearly hear what women and children are saying, as they often speak at a higher pitch.

  • Untreated tinnitus - Tinnitus can seem like a minor annoyance when it comes and goes within a short time frame. However, in the case of long-term tinnitus, finding effective tinnitus treatment by working with an audiologist is important for your overall health.

  • Need things repeated - When you find that you often have to ask for things to be repeated, that can be a sure sign that you have some level of hearing loss and should visit an audiologist for an in-depth hearing evaluation.

Circumstances Where You Should Visit An ENT

An ENT—also known as an otolaryngologist—is a medical doctor that has further specialized in medical issues that revolve around the larynx, ears, throat, and nose as well as the neck and head. Part of their specialty included surgery on these areas, caring for issues ranging from tumors to surgically implanting cochlear implants.

Signs that you should schedule a visit with an ENT are:

  • Address pediatric hearing issues - Childhood can be a tricky time when it comes to hearing, as things like sinus infections, ear infections, or allergies can have lifelong impacts on a child’s ability to hear.

  • Bouts of dizziness and balance problems - For those who have been experiencing frequent bouts of unexplained dizziness and/or balance issues, an ENT can evaluate your condition and recommend a treatment route.

  • Pain in the ear - Unexplained pain in your ears—particularly sharp pain—needs to be checked by an ENT, as it can signal a range of issues from a ruptured eardrum to a benign tumor.

  • Suddenly experiencing hearing loss - When you experience sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), there is often a medical condition behind your sudden loss of hearing, and an ENT is needed to diagnose the issue.

  • Otosclerosis - Sometimes, hearing loss is due to the slow hardening and fusing of the sound-transmitting bones in your middle ear. Surgery from an ENT can correct this issue.

Find An Audiologist In Denver, CO

You can schedule yearly hearing evaluations with your local audiologist, The Hearing Clinic, as we have offices in the Denver area, and stay on top of your hearing health care. Also, at The Hearing Clinic, if our doctor of audiology notices an issue during your hearing checkup that requires the services of an ENT, he can refer you to one of our trusted professionals.

To work with our audiologist to take care of your hearing needs, feel free to contact us today to set up your consultation and get your hearing back on track.