A proper hearing is a prerequisite to
normal life. It is important that you get to hear what is going on around you
and it is equally important that people get to hear what you are saying. Once
you discover that there is a hitch in this process you know that it is time to
visit an audiologist.
Hearing and communication problems are
mostly found in babies.
Kids too can show a hearing
problem but most observant parents are likely to notice the problem at an
early stage. This makes treatment much easier and readily effective. This does
not mean that if the problem is discovered or surfaces at a later stage they
cannot be treated. Treatment is often through therapies occasionally combined
with medication and they are effective with every patient.
Who is an Audiologist and When Should you Visit Him?
An audiologist is a specialized
professional who can understand the manner in which the hearing mechanism works
in our body, and is trained to find the actual cause when there is a lapse in
the process. He is equipped to help the patient by suggesting effective methods
that will help him hear normally.
When you find your kid
becoming unresponsive and not hearing properly, you should investigate the
reason behind it and seek the help of the audiologist. It is often found that
the baby is finding it difficult to hear due to as simple as a reason as
accumulation of wax in is ears. The wax should be cleared by a doctor
in a clinical setting.
But hearing problems might be very
complex as well. The human ear functions through the coordination of several
parts and a major chunk of it is actually inside the head. The complexity of a
hearing problem increases as it is difficult to directly reach the inner parts
of the ear and most importantly of the innermost part that is connected to the
brain is the epicenter of the problem, the condition is indeed a cause of
An audiologist is perfectly equipped to
figure out the real reason behind the hearing problem and prepares a report and
a treatment chart accordingly.
What Happens When you Visit an Audiologist?
One of the most primary tests that the
audiologist will do in you is the Otoscope. Here, the audiologist uses a device
or a tool that helps him get a clear view inside your ear. Since it is dark in
the inner part, the tool has a minute but strong light emitting torch attached
to it. In order to get a thorough view inside you might feel the audiologist
pulling the ear from different angles while he is conducting the test. This is
the basic way to determine the cause of the hearing problem.
According to the requirement, he then
goes for a second test – Tympanometry. This indicates the movement of the
eardrums. It helps the audiologist to find out if there is any abnormality in
the usual back and forth vibration of the ear drum. In a hearing problem, it is
often found that due to accumulation of fluid behind the ear drums the movement
is not as it should be and the presence of the fluid can also cause pain in the
ear. Then measures are taken to remove the fluid and the hearing is restored to
Apart from these there are a host of
other tests that are conducted to find the cause of hearing problem and treat
it accordingly. A pure tone test is conducted in specialized sound-free booths
to determine which specific tones and volumes are causing problems in hearing.
After the completion of the tests, an
audiogram is charted which explains your hearing faculty in detail. Apart from
the regular therapies hearing aids might be suggested to normalize hearing in
the patients by the audiologist.