Listening to your favorite music or singing your favorite song definitely completes your day. Hence, it is a tragedy when something goes wrong with your hearing or speech, for everything will not work normally as before. But there is no need to worry, for there are certain people who specialize in these types of problem: the audiologists.
Audiology is a sub-specialty of medicine that deals with hearing, balance and other related disorders. It is derived from the Greek word audire, which means to hear. And thus, an audiologist is a doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating hearing loss or vestibular abnormality. An audiologist is trained to use materials, equipment and procedures that will help detect the kind and extent of hearing defect. These include hearing tests, otoacoustic emission measurements, videonystagmography, and electrophysiologic tests. For the patient to hear within a normal range once again, the following assistances are being offered: hearing aid, cochlear implants and surgery.
Types of Patients
An audiologist is not only limited to preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders in the vestibular and auditory portions of the ear. They rehabilitate, advice and counsel patients regarding hearing aids and hearing tactics. They also know how to maintain and repair hearing aids, and they administer in the proper selection and fitting on them. They are different from audiological scientists, who do research in the development and management of the field.
The three most common disorders that an audiologist can handle are auditory processing disorder, deafness and tinnitus.
Auditory Processing Disorder is present if a person's brain fails to correctly process sound, that person suffers from auditory processing disorder. The symptoms of this are listening difficulties, behavioral problems, academic underperformance and difficulty in following instructions.
Deafness is defined as the partial or total loss of hearing, or a person's inability to hear sounds. Its symptoms are lack of response to noise or hand clapping and delayed speech. It's treatments include hearing aids, cochlear implants, personal amplifiers, lip reading and sign language.
Tinnitus is a symptom of an ear infection which includes cochlear diseases, vestibulocochlear nerve diseases, intracranial hypertension and craniocerebral trauma. It creates a ringing, buzzing, clicking, roaring or booming sensation in one or both ears. It is a commonly occurs in older people. It's treatments include hearing aids, maskers, retraining therapy and listening to music.
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