How Do You Find a Hearing Care Professional?
Hearing loss often goes unnoticed. This is because it does not simply creep up on us overnight. It usually occurs gradually over the course of years or even decades. Unfortunately, the longer hearing problems are left untreated, the more profound they can become and the more damage they can do to our day to day lives. Thus, it’s incumbent upon us all to know the signs of hearing loss...
Know the signs
The sooner you are able to spot the signs of hearing loss, the better positioned you are to deal with it effectively and find an appropriate solution. If you notice that these occur regularly, you need to speak to a hearing care professional as soon as you are able:
- Tinnitus or a ringing in your ears.
- Loss of balance or dizziness (a symptom of Meniere’s disease).
- Frequent complaints that you have the TV or radio on too high.
- You struggle to follow conversations.
- Your partner, friends or relatives regularly complain that you aren’t listening to them.
Who should you call?
These symptoms can make hearing loss incredibly difficult to deal with. Yet, many tolerate them because they don’t know the best way to get the right treatment for their particular form of hearing loss.
With so many hearing health professionals to choose from it can be confusing. Which of these people is best qualified to deal with the causes of your hearing loss and where do you go to find out?
Talk to your doctor
Nobody knows your body better than your primary care physician. While your doctor may not be a hearing specialist, they are likely the best qualified to point you in the right direction. They will likely ask you some preliminary questions about the nature of your hearing loss, symptoms you experience and for how long you have noticed them. These questions will be used to allow your doctor to refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Alternatively, you can search your local directory for a hearing health specialist near you. They may be in an established private practice or through a hospital. Simply pay attention to the location, hours of operation and specialties and make sure they offer the services you need.
Whichever path you choose, there’s no reason why you should have to experience hearing loss!