How Often Should You Visit an Audiologist?

Taking care of your hearing is just as important as taking care of the rest of your overall health.

Do you already visit your family physician for regular health checks and specialist clinicians for assessments on particular health concerns? If you do, then look after your ears and your hearing in the same way with regular visits to an audiologist.

Hearing loss can be gradual and hard to spot if you’re experiencing it. Seeing an audiologist regularly can help address this in a more proactive way.

What is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a trained hearing expert who provides specialist advice, diagnosis and treatment of any hearing or hearing-related conditions, concerns and issues you may be experiencing. These include hearing lossringing in the ears and other hearing disorders.

Why is it important to visit an audiolog

Your family physician should know and understand your overall medical and health history and be able to spot and diagnose any changes in your health and well-being.

Visiting an audiologist regularly is no different to this. They will have a better understanding of your hearing and be able to spot and diagnose any irregularities or changes in your hearing.

An audiologist can be part of your journey to better hearing and will best advise you on any possible treatment you may benefit from.

Reasons to visit an audiologist

An audiologist may help you and your family with the following:

  • Hearing loss and hearing aids
  • Annual hearing test for you and your family
  • Dizziness and/or loss of balance
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Impacted earwax

Hearing loss and hearing aids

Have you or your friends and family noticed that you are finding it difficult to hear what people are saying and conversations sound muffled? Perhaps these same friends and family have also noticed that you have the TV or radio on a high volume and that in conversations, you’re not hearing what they say.

If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, it’s time to visit an audiologist.

There’s no need for your quality of life to be impacted upon negatively because you are experiencing gradual hearing loss. Book an appointment today to see an audiologist and take control of your hearing.

If you experience sudden hearing loss, it’s important you see an audiologist as a matter of urgency. You may, for example have been exposed to loud noise and it has impacted your hearing. An audiologist can help you get to the bottom of what’s going on.

Annual hearing test for you and your family

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 466 million people worldwide have some form of hearing loss, with 34 million of these children.

Your audiologist can detect any changes to your hearing, particularly if you already wear a hearing aid. Your audiologist can adjust your hearing aid to better reflect your hearing needs.

Hearing loss is often very gradual and harder to detect. If you visit your audiologist as part of your regular health maintenance, they will be able to detect any noticeable changes in your hearing.

Arranging a routine annual hearing screening with an audiologist for your children will help identify any hearing problems your child may be experiencing. Without having such a routine test, your child’s hearing difficulties could be undiagnosed for years.

Dizziness and loss of balance

There can be many reasons why you are experiencing dizziness and loss of balance. An audiologist is trained to diagnose and treat conditions such as Ménière’s disease that cause these distressing symptoms.

Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

If you are experiencing ringing in the ears, your audiologist can look at the reasons why and help you with treatment and management of these symptoms.

Impacted earwax

An audiologist can remove any excessive or impacted earwax you have without damaging your delicate inner ear. Trying to remove it yourself with cotton swabs or candles is not advised and can often push the earwax further into your ear.

Next steps

How often you visit an audiologist really depends upon your age and whether or not you are experiencing any of the issues we have outlined above.

As a general rule of thumb, if you are aged between 18-50, seeing an audiologist for hearing screening every three to five years is good practice. However, if you notice a change in your hearing outside of those times, you should see an audiologist for a hearing test.

If you already wear hearing aids, then a visit to your audiologist can be incorporated into your annual health maintenance routine.

If you or your family members are experiencing any changes in your hearing or you haven’t had your hearing testing for some time, book an appointment with one of our trained audiologists.

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