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How Do Audiologists Treat Hearing Loss?

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In the world we live in today, we have advanced technology that allows an audiologist to effectively and efficiently treat hearing loss. With a range of tests available to diagnose the severity of hearing loss, audiologists are now able to diagnose more easily and treat hearing loss carefully. Almost 20 percent of people now over the age of 12 have some degree of hearing loss. Sometimes, this is due to age while other times, this is because of an exposure to loud noise that has damaged the eardrum. As hearing loss is something that can have a drastic impact on your life, it’s important to seek the help of an audiologist and get your hearing tested.

Why treat hearing loss?

It’s something that is classified as a debilitating health issue, and yet the majority of adults do not get their hearing tested and do not make an effort to seek help. Usually, this is to do with fear and embarrassment but in the rare cases, it’s because the person affected by hearing loss doesn’t know that they are losing their hearing; it takes a family member or friend to point it out.

If you leave hearing loss untreated, you could find that health issues such as depression, anxiety and an increased risk of trips and falls are higher. You could also find that you have a much harder time listening and responding to other people because you can’t hear them speaking to you. There’s no need to feel isolated from the world because of hearing loss because an audiologist can help you.

How does the audiologist treat hearing loss?

There are a lot of options out there for those with hearing loss. Some of the options for it are below:

Conducive loss. This is usually caused by a condition in the outer or middle-inner ear and is normally temporary. Most of the time, conductive loss is because of a buildup of wax in the ear. Your audiologist can treat this with medical intervention to drain the wax and fluid.

Sensorineural loss. This is the hearing loss that is permanent, and your audiologist can diagnose this during testing. It’s not possible to restore the hearing and the most effective way to treat it is with hearing aids. This is an issue with the inner ear or the auditory nerve, and it’s because of the damage to the fine hair cells. This cannot be repaired.

Hearing aids can improve your quality of life and help you to adjust to the hearing loss that you are experiencing. Additionally, there are assisted listening devices that can improve your experiences while watching television and in everyday situations. You and your audiologist can work together to come up with the best solution for your hearing loss so that you can continue to live a happy and fulfilled life without limitations.