Definition: The audiologist is the communication professional who studies, examines, evaluates and treats hearing disorders. He can work in many settings: health and rehabilitation centers, private clinics, public health, Audiology Clinic Toronto for example. Audiologists are highly educated professionals who must have at least a master’s degree in their field to practice.
Why consult an audiologist?
Whether related to the normal consequences of aging or deafness (noise induced deafness in the workplace), hearing loss affects a major proportion of the population. In fact, hearing loss is estimated to affect 1 in 10 people in the general population, 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over, 1 in 2 people aged 75 to 75 and over, and 3 in 4 to 85 and over .
In such cases, the audiologist can assess the level of hearing loss and the difficulties that the person encounters on a daily basis. The professional can then propose strategies to optimize the communication between the person and his staff, so that it can continue to engage in activities and freedom that are important to them. The audiologist can advise the wearing of hearing aids and refer to a hearing care professional, but that’s not all! He can also offer the person and his family different tricks to promote dialogue and exchanges, always with the aim of avoiding social isolation.
All those who suffer from it know how bad they can be! Tinnitus is a parasitic noise that is not caused by an external stimulus. Although there is no such thing as a solution for treating tinnitus and getting free of tinnitus, do not give up. The audiologist can help clarify the causes of tinnitus, or refer to an ENT doctor who will make sure they are not related to an underlying medical condition. The audiologist may also suggest the intervention of various other specialists as needed (physiotherapist, dentist, pharmacist, psychologist, etc.). Finally, the audiologist can propose strategies to improve the management of tinnitus and reduce their impacts in everyday life, for example by furnishing the sound environment of the person.
The vestibular system, which is in the inner ear, is largely responsible for maintaining our balance. Thus, when it is affected by a particular condition, there is a good chance of feeling faint.
Thanks to his expertise and knowledge of the auditory system, the audiologist can perform various tests to clarify the cause of vertigo. He may also refer his clients to an ENT specialist, the attending physician or another health professional, if the need arises. Because vertigo can be caused by a more serious medical condition, do not ignore it when you suffer from it repeatedly!
Hearing screening at home can tell if further in-booth opinion is needed. In the vast majority of cases, it allows the audiologist to establish, within the hearing screening session, a list of practical tips to learn how to better manage auditory difficulties. These tips will be useful for both the patient and his family. Our auditory screening service is for people aged 5 and over.