When To Seek an Audiologist’s Care

An audiologist is a doctor focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders for patients of all ages. You may receive a referral to visit an audiologist from your primary care doctor. 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is recommended that you seek an audiologist’s care as soon as possible:

  • Tinnitus (persistent ringing in the ears) 
  • Balance issues, dizziness, or symptoms of vertigo
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Ongoing hearing problems getting worse

Signs of Hearing Loss

Texas ENT Specialists audiologists are experts in the evaluation and treatment of hearing loss.  We are committed to matching you with the right treatment options for your lifestyle, including the latest hearing aid technology. 

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, make an appointment with your Texas ENT Specialists audiologist for a hearing evaluation, precise diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment:

  • Do you frequently ask others to repeat themselves?
  • Do people often seem to be mumbling, making it hard for you to understand them?
  • Do you have difficulty following conversations while riding in a car?
  • Do you sometimes discover that you have raised your speaking voice during normal conversation and seem to be almost shouting?
  • Do you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV, radio, or stereo?
  • Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in loud, crowded rooms?
  • Do you want – or need – to sit closer to the front in church, theaters, or auditoriums?

What to Expect From a Hearing Test

Hearing tests are recommended every three years for adults 50 and over. But patients of any age who are experiencing sudden hearing loss, ear pain, or ringing in the ears (tinnitus) should also make an appointment with an audiologist. No matter your age, it’s always a great time to take control of your hearing health.

What to Expect During Your Hearing Evaluation

Some tests your audiologist may perform include: 

  • Pure Tone measures hearing levels in each ear.
  • Speech Discrimination evaluates how well you hear spoken words.
  • Bone Conduction measures how well your inner ears respond to sound.
  • Tympanometry measure how well the eardrums move.
  • Otoscopy is when your doctor checks in the ear canal for physical obstructions. 

With these test results and through consultation with you, your audiologist can make a precise diagnosis and lead you to the right hearing aids or other innovative treatments for you.

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