Having hearing difficulties? It’s time to see a professional, but do you see an Audiologist or ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor?
In order to know which professional to see, you need to consider your symptoms. Here is a quick guide to what the difference is between an Audiologist and an ENT and when you should see each one.
Audiologists specialize in hearing, hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. They have expertise in the auditory and balance system and know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of hearing loss, tinnitus and dizziness, and they can perform in depth hearing evaluations
In addition to diagnosing hearing loss, an Audiologist will also recommend treatment options. Not all cases of hearing loss need hearing aids, but most do. If hearing aids are needed, they will identify the right type of hearing aid for your lifestyle and degree of hearing loss, help you get fitted, and make follow-up adjustments.
When you should see an Audiologist:
You should see an Audiologist if you have some or all of these common symptoms of hearing loss, such as:
- Asking others to repeat themselves
- Difficulty following conversations and hearing women and children
- Turning the TV or radio volume up loud
- Feeling overwhelmed in noisy or crowded environments
- Complaining that people speak too fast or mumble
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) Doctor:
As the name implies, an ENT physician that specializes in diagnosis and treating issues with the ear, nose, and throat. ENT’s can perform surgery and treat a variety of common conditions that effect the head and neck, such as: sinusitis, ear infections, tonsillitis, and more.
When you should see an ENT:
If you are having trouble with your hearing, but also have other underlying medical conditions like an autoimmune disease, diabetes, or vertigo, or you have had ear pain or ear / head trauma, you should see an ENT.
Depending on their evaluation an ENT may perform surgery as a corrective action, help you treat or manage underlying conditions, or refer you to an Audiologist to get fitted for hearing aids.
Where should I start?
If you suspect you may have hearing loss, Amplifon Hearing Health Care can help! Call today and our Patient Care Advocates will help you find a provider near your and schedule an appointment!