An audiologist evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing disorders. Up to 90% of hearing loss cannot be treated with surgery or medicine but can be treated by an audiologist with the use of aural (hearing) rehabilitation, hearing aids, and/or assistive listening devices. Aural rehabilitation is education on communication strategies, counseling, and auditory training.When medical ear issues are present such as ear drainage, ear pain, or sudden hearing loss, audiologists will refer to a physician when appropriate.
Hearing loss is not just an issue of “not hearing well”; the negative consequences are often underestimated. Hearing loss can have a negative impact on cognitive, behavioral, physical, and social functions. It can also have an impact on safety in the home. Audiologists have received extensive education on hearing and hearing disorders and the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system. They have been trained on evidence-based practices for your best hearing healthcare.
You may find it interesting to know that audiologists work in a multitude of work environments. They prescribe hearing aids and assistive listening devices, are members of cochlear implant teams, screen newborns for hearing loss at birth, perform hearing -related surgical monitoring, and manage hearing conservation programs. Audiologists not only work in private practice settings, but in hospitals, and speech-language and hearing clinics. Some are researchers, while others work in the manufacturing industries.The current standard for audiologists today is to receive doctoral level training. You may see the designation of Au.D. (clinical degree), Ph.D., or Sc.D.
WHY SEE AN AUDIOLOGIST FOR A SUCCESSFUL HEARING AID FITTING?
An audiologist is trained to help rule out any medical ear issues that may be present by referring to a physician when appropriate. Hearing aids are medical devices that are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be recommended and prescribed by licensed hearing professionals. This standard has been put into place to protect the consumer, as not all individuals with hearing loss are considered candidates for hearing aids.
For your best hearing results with amplification, it is best to start with a comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluation. With a comprehensive hearing evaluation (pure tone air conduction thresholds, pure tone bone conduction thresholds, word recognition ability testing, and if needed, tympanometry to assess middle ear function), an audiologist can make the best hearing treatment recommendations.If hearing aids are purchased online or through mail, an otoscopic evaluation can’t be performed (visual inspection of the ear canal) and medical ear issues like drainage, fluid behind the eardrum, and wax impaction will not be identified. Additionally, improperly fit hearing devices have the potential to cause even more hearing loss.-
ABOUT QUINCY HEARING AID
Quincy Hearing Aid is one of Quincy’s longest established hearing care practices, located in the Hancock Plaza in the heart of Quincy Center. We have been providing personalized hearing solutions on the South Shore of Massachusetts since 1971.
Quincy Hearing Aid is a full-time audiology and hearing aid practice. We specialize in diagnostic hearing tests, hearing aid technology and accessories, hearing preservation, tinnitus management, auditory rehabilitation, and customized musician’s devices.