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.
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:
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:
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.