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3/22/2018

4 Signs You Need To Visit An Audiologist

In the United States, approximately 20% of Americans report some degree of hearing loss. Yet despite impacting almost half of the population, many people do not know when they should see an audiologist.

If you’re unsure whether or not you should see an audiologist, here are 4 key signs that you should request an appointment with your local audiology clinic.

  1. Tinnitus and Vertigo

Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an external source. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears”, but individuals suffering from tinnitus may hear a number of sounds, including buzzing or humming. Tinnitus is not only frustrating, but it can also be a symptom of hearing loss.

Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness, characterized by feeling like the world around you is spinning. The most common causes of vertigo originate in the inner ear. Your audiologist will be able to help diagnose and provide treatment options for tinnitus and vertigo.

  1. Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden hearing loss can be brought on by exposure to loud noises at close range, an accident, or a sudden change in air pressure. If you’ve experienced sudden hearing loss, it’s important to be seen by an audiologist. Quick treatment to ear trauma can help to mitigate long term impacts.

  1. Impacted Earwax

Impacted earwax is a build-up of hard earwax near your eardrum. It can be a painful condition, but it is treatable! Your audiologist will have the dedicated tools to help remove the impacted earwax without causing any damage to your eardrum or your sensitive ear canal.

Impacted earwax can be caused by inappropriately trying to clean your ears. Using a q-tip in your ear to clean it can sometimes have the opposite impact, and actually push earwax further back into your ear. Visit your audiologist to get your ears cleaned safely.

  1. Gradual Hearing Loss

Age-related hearing loss affects one in three people over the age of 65, but it can also impact people who are much younger! Gradual hearing loss will come on slowly, and may not be immediately recognizable. These are a few symptoms of gradual hearing loss:

  • You struggle to hear telephone conversations
  • You often have to ask people to repeat themselves
  • Noisy places make it difficult for you to hear
  • You watch the TV with a very high volume
  • You’ve got a history of being exposed to loud noises

Your audiologist will be able to provide hearing tests that can identify gradual hearing loss, and provide treatment options.

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, it’s time to book an appointment with your audiologist. Request an appointment with the hearing experts at Audiology Associates of Greeley today. Call us now on 970-352-2881.

We are hearing experts.

Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D. MBA is the owner and senior audiologist on staff. Dr. Traynor has treated patients in Greeley for more than 40 years and is a widely published expert, audiology professor, and advisor to many leading hearing companies. Learn more about Dr. Traynor.