When Should You See an Audiologist?
It’s incredibly common to have regular checkups for your teeth, eyes and general health, but how often do you get your ears checked? Although hearing is a vital sense to us, we rarely ever get our hearing checked because, unlike our other senses, it’s difficult to tell if something is off because we rarely have a chance to compare our hearing to someone else’s.
So when exactly should you get your hearing checked by an audiologist? In this article, we’re going to list a couple of reasons that show when you should be getting your ears examined.
If you’re over a certain age or currently use hearing aids, then it’s common to have an annual examination (much like with your eyes and teeth) to ensure that everything is going smoothly. Changes to your hearing can happen very gradually and audiologists are equipped to find slight changes in your hearing so that they can adjust your hearing aids or suggest hearing aids to you.
If you’re experiencing pain in your ears then it’s a good idea to visit your audiologist. This is because there are a number of conditions that could cause pain in the ear. It could be an ear infection, it could be water stuck in your ear and it could be impacted earwax. These issues will get worse over time if they’re not checked on, so make sure you see an audiologist as soon as possible if you experience pain in your ears.
Tinnitus, often described as a ringing, hissing or buzzing sound in the ear, can occur in almost anyone. It’s often not a serious problem, but it’s usually tied with an underlying issue such as hearing loss, an ear infection or exposure to loud noises. If you’re experiencing a subjective noise in your ears, then it’s a good chance its tinnitus and you should consider speaking to an audiologist so they can diagnose what the underlying issue is.
Although hearing loss is quite difficult to discern by yourself, you may notice that you need to ask others to repeat themselves quite often or you may realize that you’re turning up the volume of the television or your smartphone a lot higher than you used to. If you feel like you may be losing your hearing, then it’s a good idea to book an appointment with an audiologist in order to have your hearing examined.
If you feel moments of vertigo, a loss of balance or dizziness when standing up, then it could be caused by complications in your vestibular system. Our bodies actually use our hearing in order to stay balanced, so if you feel like you stagger when you walk or find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, then it could be caused by a balance disorder that stems from hearing loss. In this situation, it’s a good idea to visit an audiologist and ask them to examine your hearing for an explanation.