The most common hearing loss in adults is a high frequency hearing loss that prevents the individual from hearing high frequency consonant sounds. In many cases the lower frequency hearing is better and that allows the individual to hear sound or hear a voice. This causes you to miss the high frequency parts of words and make understanding and clarity very difficult. In most cases these individuals benefit greatly from the use of hearing aids.
The ringing, buzzing, or roaring sound that many people hear is called tinnitus. Tinnitus can be caused by many factors. Hearing loss is the most common cause of tinnitus. High blood pressure, ear infections, wax in the ear canal, and some medications can also cause tinnitus. Tinnitus can also be a sign of serious medical conditions. If you have tinnitus do not ignore it. It is recommended to get a complete hearing evaluation by a licensed audiologist. You may also want to consult your physician.
Yes, there are several affective treatment options. There is no cure for tinnitus, however if it is caused by a treatable medical condition you may get relief from treatment. If the tinnitus is caused by hearing loss there are therapy devises or hearing aids that can provide relief from the tinnitus.
Yes!!! Studies show that if you are a candidate for hearing aids, not only will that improve your ability to hear and understand now, they can help you keep more of your natural hearing longer. By using hearing aids and keeping those cochlear nerves active you retain your hearing longer and slow the progression of hearing loss. Too many people wait so long to address their hearing needs that it becomes a bigger challenge to adequately improve their quality of life when they finally decide to seek help.
An audiologist is the most educated and trained individual you can see regarding hearing loss and treatment options. Audiologists have graduate degree training from universities as well as extensive internship training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of hearing. There are hearing cases that require a physician referral and treatment that the audiologist is trained to recognize and refer appropriately. They are also the only ones that can give a complete diagnostic hearing evaluation that is considered medically reliable. As an audiologist, my mission is to provide a complete evaluation and accurate diagnosis as well as listen to my patient’s complaint, in order to recommend or treat effectively. My goal is to improve the quality of life for each of my patients.
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