We don’t often think of our overall health when we think of visiting an audiologist, but our physical and mental health are both connected with good hearing. Here are five reasons to make an appointment with an audiologist:
1. Customized Hearing Protection
Even if you hear perfectly well, you still need to protect your hearing from exposure to loud noises. This is especially true for anyone with a noisy occupation or hobby, such as pilots or musicians. Custom-made earmolds, earpieces, and ear monitors isolate unwanted, distracting sounds that actually fit to your unique ear canal size and shape, ensuring maximum comfort.
2. Tinnitus Management
We’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives. That annoying, high-pitched ringing in the ears that seems to come out of nowhere and hang around for a while. Almost 80 percent of people with tinnitus also have some degree of hearing loss, which means you should get a hearing test to make sure your tinnitus symptoms aren’t affecting your ability to hear. A qualified audiologist has years of experiencing diagnosing and treating tinnitus, and can recommend specific treatments to make your symptoms much more bearable.
3. Help With Balance Disorders
Our sense of balance is crucial to ensuring that we can move around our environments without falling. Inner ear issues such as Meniere’s disease and vertigo can create issues with balance, dizziness, and can actually increase your risk of falling. Your audiologist is specially trained to diagnose and treat these issues, and are aware of the latest emerging technologies and therapies that can help alleviate your symptoms. It’s very important to get treatment for balance issues to find out what has caused the problem, as well as to decrease your risk of falling and sustaining an injury.
4. Earwax Impaction
Too many people still regularly use cotton swabs to clean out their ears, which is known to push earwax back towards the eardrum. When enough of this ear wax builds up, it can create painful impaction and difficulty hearing. An audiologist can remove this blockage safely and gently.
Hearing aids are investments, so to get the most bang for your buck make sure to visit your audiologist for routine maintenance and repairs. By making one or more simple adjustments at your audiologist’s office, you can increase the performance and life expectancy of your hearing aids. You may even be able to get your hearing aids adjusted remotely from the comfort of home.
Whether you’re in need of an assistive listening device or a remote hearing aid adjustment, the certified audiologists at Francis Audiology are here for you. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you with all of your hearing health needs. Call or book an appointment online today for an evaluation.