If you are experiencing hearing loss, you may be wondering when if you should see a licensed audiologist.
In the event that your GP hasn’t yet recommended that you visit a specialist, here are some signs that you it might be something you should look into further.
Keep in mind that ignoring hearing loss can be very dangerous to your health.
When To See A Licensed Audiologist
Most people tend to visit the audiologist when they have experienced a degree of hearing loss over an extended period of time.
Do you continually find yourself asking people to repeat themselves (perhaps friends, family, and coworkers comment on how you’ve missed what they’ve said)?
Do you have trouble hearing on the phone (perhaps you also hear better out of one ear than the other)?
Do you have to listen carefully to conversations in order to understand (you may also have trouble understanding conversations when more than one person is speaking)?
Do you have trouble hearing in noisy environments (such as restaurants)?
Do your friends/family comment about how you turn up the volume on the television/radio too high?
Do you have pain, dizziness, or ringing in your ears? (This can be a sign of tinnitus)
Are you experiencing hearing loss during pregnancy? Keep in mind that if you experience sudden deafness during pregnancy, this is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you should visit an audiologist at your earliest convenience.
Understanding the Causes of Hearing Loss
Some hearing loss is temporary as a result of ear infections, a buildup of earwax, exposure to loud noise (like a concert), pressure changes, or poking your eardrum with an object.
The majority of these events cause the rupturing of an eardrum, which causes hearing loss.
However, temporary hearing loss tends to resolve itself on its own after a couple of days or so. The exception is when hearing loss is caused by an infection that results in the rupturing of an eardrum—this requires antibiotics.
If you have noticed hearing loss for an extended period of time, there could be several different factors. Permanent hearing loss can be caused by long-term exposure to loud noise and/or aging. Abnormal growths or tumours can also cause hearing loss.
If you looking to see a licensed audiologist, consider House of Hearing Clinic. House of Hearing Clinic is a well-known hearing care clinic, home to licensed audiologists.
Book your appointment today here.