An audiologist is a hearing health professional with eight years or more of education in hearing and rehabilitation of hearing. They are well trained and familiar with hearing loss and the many questions people who have hearing loss ask. What leading audiologists know for sure about hearing loss, hearing, and hearing aids is often different than the typical information provided by health care providers.
Dr. Peggy Sheets on Hearing Well in Crowds
Hearing well in background noise is one of the biggest challenges for those with hearing loss. Often, background noise makes it difficult to focus on the relevant sounds or conversation.
Here are some tips to help you possibly hear better in back ground noise:
*Ask to be seated in quiet areas in public places; a wall at your back helps.
*Sound weakens over distance, so sit near the speaker, when possible.
*Use assistive listening devices (ALD), when possible.
*Eye contact with the speaker also helps.
*Relax when in a conversation; listening is harder when you are tired or under stress.
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Hearing aids are precise and advanced instruments worn in or behind the ears. They not only raise the volume on sounds, but thanks to technologies like directional microphones they can focus on specific sounds, like your spouse speaking, but as Dr. Oviatt explains hearing isn't always about sound.
Dr. Dana Oviatt on Hearing and Timing
The ear is a fantastic time keeper. We can determine that two sounds have occurred if they are separated by an interval of only two thousands of a second. It is fortunate that the ear is this accurate because many salient differences of speech are based on such small timing differences.
Patients who have apparently normal hearing may still complain about difficulty understanding speech. This is because their ear has lost the ability to discriminate time. "Slit" may sound like "split", "pat" like "bat". For hearing impaired patients, those with poor temporal processing may be less successful using a hearing aid than those who have retained good temporal processing.
It is factors like this that must be taken into consideration during an audiological evaluation. Referral to an audiologist is critical for realistic counseling about what amplification can - and can't do - to improve a patient's hearing.
Most states now recognize the detrimental effects of undiagnosed hearing loss on individual members of our society and society as a whole. A comprehensive evaluation by a Doctor of Audiology can more thoroughly examine the nuanced ranges of hearing loss, but some people still wonder why they need a hearing test.
Dr. Marty Layne on Why Patients Need a Hearing Test
A full diagnostic hearing test or audiologic evaluation tells us the degree of your hearing loss, the type of your hearing loss, and how clear your remaining hearing is. The information we gain from the diagnostic hearing test helps us determine appropriate follow-up for you. Some hearing losses can be treated medically or surgically, and it is important that we rule out these options prior to considering hearing aids.
A basic test done for the purpose of selling hearing aids will not give us this information. The full diagnostic hearing evaluation must be provided by a licensed audiologist, often a Doctor of Audiology.
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Finding the right hearing health professional depends on a patients goals and needs. The best hearing health professionals are those that typically understand the emotional as well as physical issues involved with hearing loss and are very familiar with the fears and problems that can arise from this complex condition.
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