We know it is important to see the doctor from time to time for a checkup. However, we also know that when something more serious happens with our health, a specialist may be the person to help us. Ears are a small but vital part of our wellbeing. When we cannot hear so well, our brains can feel the effect. The inner ear controls balance, an enormously important function. If you are considering if you should see an audiologist, below is a list of the top reasons to do so.
There are four main types of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss means that an object may be blocking our ears, or someone may have an ear infection. Sensorineural indicates damage in the inner ear. Mixed hearing loss includes both conductive and sensorineural, while an auditory processing disorder has to do with the brain. Anyone at any age can experience hearing loss. It is most common, though, with those who are above 50 years old. Keeping up hearing health in these years is one reason to see an audiologist.
Some people may have a risk for conductive hearing loss throughout their lives, for the very simple reason of earwax. Some people naturally build up more earwax than others. Using a cotton swab can push it further toward the eardrum. Because the inner ear is a delicate mechanism, audiologists offer professional earwax removal services. They can also check on the overall physical health of the ear.
Surprisingly, millions of Americans suffer from Tinnitus in some form. Its characteristic is a subjective ringing, whistling, or buzzing in the inner ear. For many, Tinnitus happens intermittently, but for a rare percentage, the noise is constant. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of a different health condition, like a traumatic brain injury.
Audiologists also have training in dealing with balance disorders like Meniere’s disease and BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.) They are specialists when it comes to the ear, inside and out, and can know how to address dizziness. If you have any of the issues above, you can be sure that going to see an audiologist is the right decision.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.
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