What is Audiology?

Audiology Specialist in Orange County

When you hear the word audiology you might guess it has something to do with hearing. Indeed, one Latin root that makes up the word is audio, which means hearing. The second Latin root, ology, means “the study of.” Simply put, audiology is the study of hearing.

To be more specific, audiologists are healthcare professionals who study, diagnose, and treat hearing and balance problems. To become an audiologist, they have to obtain a Masters or a Doctorate from an accredited university graduate program in Audiology. You may visit an audiologist in Orange County as a young or old person, or anything in between.

What Audiologists Treat

Audiologists provide personalized services related to hearing and balance that help the patient improve their quality of life. Consequently, their services cover many hearing and balance related issues:

  • Hearing Loss: Audiologists evaluate and treat hearing, balance, and tinnitus disorders.
  • Hearing Aids and Other Assistive Technology: Audiologists help patients choose and fit them.
  • Dizziness and Balance: Audiologists evaluate and treat balance problems that may stem from the inner ear.
  • Hearing Screening and Testing: For patients with possible hearing disorders
  • Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention: Educate the public about these issues
  • Tinnitus: Advise and help people cope with ringing in the ears.

When to See an Audiologist

The reasons to see an audiologist fall into four main categories:

Impacted Earwax

Improper cleaning or overproduction of earwax can lead to a hard impact of earwax near the eardrum. This can be a troubling and painful condition. Because if this, audiologists use specialized tools to remove the earwax without damaging the eardrum or ear canal.

Tinnitus and Vertigo

Ringing in the ear can often be a sign of hearing loss. An audiologist can help determine the cause of ringing in the ear and mask it with specialized devices or hearing aids.

Audiologists also treat balance disorders which originate in the inner ear like vertigo, dizziness, and others.

Sudden Hearing Loss

Sometimes people’s ears are exposed to traumatic noise which can cause sudden hearing loss. Some examples of this are:

  • Loud noises at close range
  • Changes in air pressure
  • Reactions to medication
  • Head trauma
  • Illness
  • An accident

In summation, an audiologist should assess and treat sudden trauma as soon as possible.

Gradual Hearing Loss

Hearing loss occurs with age and is common in people over 65. However, people of all ages are susceptible to gradual hearing loss.

Here are some signs you need to see an audiologist about your hearing:

  • You find yourself asking people to speak up or repeat themselves
  • It is difficult to hear on the telephone
  • Constantly having to turn up the volume on the TV
  • It is difficult to hear a conversation in noisy places
  • You have difficulty hearing children and women with high voices
  • You have a history of exposure to loud noises

Where to Find an Audiologist

You can find audiologists in physicians offices as well as in private practice. They work in hospitals, schools, colleges, and universities. Additionally, audiologists work in rehabilitation centers and long term and residential health care facilities.

Integrated Injury Specialists provide excellent audiology care at our Orange County offices.

Why You Should Visit an Audiologist

In summary, if you think you have a hearing or balance problem, it is time to see an audiologist. The audiologist will assess whether your condition is medically treatable. Then they will refer you to the appropriate medical professional. If he or she determines your condition is not medically treatable, they will provide audiological care. This may include hearing aids, aural rehabilitation or balance therapy.

Integrated Injury Specialists

At Integrated Injury Specialists, Dr. David Dekriek, Au.D., and Dr. Maria Grijalva, Au.D. provide patients with the highest level of care. Audiology is only one of our injury service specialties which are tailored to help patients following accidents. We make the medical lien process pain-free for patients and attorneys. Ultimately, our goal is to make medical care easily accessible to all.