In the Christie Clinic Department of Audiology, our experienced audiologists test and treat patients of all ages for hearing and balance disorders through:
- Diagnostic hearing evaluations
- Vestibular evaluations for patients complaining of dizziness
- Hearing aid evaluations including recommendations about candidacy for hearing aid use
- Assistive listening devices to meet a variety of listening challenges including custom earmolds, swimming plugs, and hearing protection
Seeing an audiologist is essential for maintaining optimal hearing health and addressing any concerns related to hearing loss or other auditory issues. While it's common to associate audiologists solely with hearing aids, their expertise extends far beyond fitting hearing devices. It is crucial to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists if you experience:
- Hearing Loss Symptoms: If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of hearing loss such as difficulty understanding speech, frequently asking others to repeat themselves, or turning up the volume excessively on electronic devices, it's time to consult an audiologist.
- Tinnitus: Persistent ringing, buzzing, or other noises in the ears can indicate tinnitus, a condition that an audiologist can help manage and alleviate.
- Ear Infections or Pain: Recurring ear infections or unexplained ear pain should prompt a visit to an audiologist to rule out any underlying issues.
- Balance Problems: Audiologists are often involved in the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, which can affect overall well-being and safety.
- Noise Exposure: Regular exposure to loud noises, either at work or during recreational activities, can cause hearing damage over time. An audiologist can provide guidance on hearing protection and assess any resulting hearing loss.
Seeing an audiologist is recommended whenever there are concerns about hearing health, whether it's due to noticeable symptoms, exposure to loud noises, or simply for routine monitoring. Early intervention and proper management can significantly improve outcomes for individuals with hearing-related issues.