a hearing specialist performing a hearing aid fitting for his elderly patient

Hearing loss is a common problem that affects many people around the world. If you are struggling with hearing difficulties, it may be time to get an audiologist. This blog post will discuss some of the most important benefits of choosing an audiologist for your hearing care needs! There are many reasons why choosing an audiologist can help improve your quality of life and even save money in the long run.

Audiologists can take care of multiple ear-related conditions

Audiologists are professionals who specialize in ear-related conditions. They can help diagnose your problems, prescribe treatments and devices to suit your needs, provide counseling for any concerns you may have about hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing of the ears), and offer support for making lifestyle changes if needed.

This means that instead of having multiple appointments with different healthcare practitioners just so they can refer you onward to yet another specialist, an audiologist is always available should there be a problem that requires their expertise. In other words? You’re not going from one place to another all by yourself – everything gets taken care of right at the source where you can talk to your audiologist about everything, all at once.

Audiologists can also help with hearing loss related to aging, as well as those who have been exposed to loud noises from work or recreational activities for a very long time. In fact, they are experts when it comes to understanding how different environments affect your ability and needs for hearing.

Audiologists can help with several ear-related conditions, including:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Hearing loss due to aging
  • Problems related to exposure from loud noises or music for extended periods of time such as at work or during recreational activities like concerts
  • Hearing loss in children
  • Perceptive listening problems such as auditory processing issues and central auditory processing deficits (CAPD)
  • Hyperacusis or the intolerance for everyday environmental sounds due to differences in how sound is perceived by your ears that do not allow you to adjust well with changes from quiet environments into loud ones or vice versa.

Audiologists can provide you with the correct hearing aid

A hearing aid is a device that you wear on your head to amplify sounds and help improve the way you perceive sound. It does this by sending specific sounds into the ear to be heard more clearly and blocking out background noise so words become easier for you to understand. However, it’s not enough just having a hearing aid – what matters most is getting one with all of those personal preferences taken care of properly!

The first step would be an evaluation from your audiologist where they will take note of things like:

  • Your age (for children between 0-18)
  • Hearing loss type (sensorineural or conductive)
  • Causes behind your hearing loss (age-related, noise-induced or other)
  • Complications that may exist (hearing loss in combination with tinnitus, vertigo/dizziness, etc.)
  • Other factors such as your personal lifestyle and needs to help determine the best hearing aid for you.

Your audiologist will also take note of how well you can hear certain pitches during testing sessions. In fact, they use sophisticated equipment like real ear measurements with probes specially designed for it, giving them an idea of any problems with the shape of your ears too! This is because different people have varying degrees of ability to pick up on high-frequency sounds versus low-frequency ones – a simple hearing test called pure tone audiometry helps reveal this information.

Audiologists can evaluate and determine the extent of your hearing loss

Hearing loss can be classified into two main categories:

Conductive hearing loss: Occurs when there’s a problem with the outer, middle or inner ear, affecting your ability to hear normally. This may be caused by things like wax clogging up your ears from time to time, an infection that damages the bones of your middle ear, or fluid buildup in it too!

Sensorineural hearing loss: This type affects how well you pick up sounds within certain frequencies due to damage in one or more parts of the auditory system, such as nerve cells found deep inside where sound vibrations are turned into electrical signals for processing. It doesn’t matter what age people have sensorineural hearing loss because both children and adults alike can be affected by it.

Should you need any additional information regarding what an audiologist can do for you, feel free to contact Siouxland Hearing Healthcare, P.L.C. at (712) 266-3662 and we’ll be happy to assist!