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Did you know that along with regular dental and vision checkups, your hearing needs to be evaluated to ensure the health of your ears?
With over 30 million people experiencing some form of hearing loss, there’s a chance that you could have an impairment and not even know it. Over time, these conditions can get worse and can impact your ability to enjoy your day to day life. Thankfully, the team at West River Audiology performs comprehensive hearing evaluations and can help you on the road to better hearing health.
Most people don’t realize how important a hearing evaluation can be, both for preserving your natural
hearing ability and for uncovering any hearing impairments that you may have. With our comprehensive hearing evaluations, that time is spent learning about your hearing ability and making plans to improve it.
The team at West River Audiology encourages everyone to complete a thorough hearing evaluation, even if you don’t currently have any symptoms. During your hearing evaluation, we will:
- During your hearing evaluation, we will discuss your medical history and your current lifestyle to get a better understanding of how hearing loss is impacting your daily life.
- Using state-of-the-art equipment, we can determine your current hearing ability and may even uncover hearing loss that you weren’t aware of.
Participating in these tests is easy and they are completely painless. We’ll gain a better understanding of the volumes and frequencies you can hear as well as how well you understand the speech of others. If you do have hearing loss, it’s our goal to provide you with comprehensive information so that you can decide which course of treatment is right for you.
Dizziness and Imbalance
Patients who have had bouts of dizziness may be surprised to learn that the bodily systems responsible for our balance are located inside of our ears. Regulated by a structure called the semicircular canals, it’s an elaborate set of parts that work with our visual and skeletal system. Together, these processes allow us to maintain balance and the position of our bodies in space, especially when the head is moving. The causes for dizziness or balance issues can vary considerably, so it’s best to visit an audiologist for a thorough evaluation. In some cases, rehabilitative exercises are enough to improve the patient’s condition, whereas in other instances, additional care from other physicians might be required, as the dizziness is caused by another medical condition.
Similar in several ways to an ear infection, swimmer’s ear occurs when bacteria grow inside of the ear canal and causes an infection. It’s often experienced by individuals who swim and have water that remains in their ears, creating the ideal conditions for the bacteria to flourish. However, other actions can cause swimmer’s ear, including putting cotton swabs or other objects into the ear canal and damaging the skin inside. At first, the symptoms of swimmer’s ear aren’t extreme, but can worsen over time if left untreated. You may notice a bit of itching or drainage accompanied by a slight redness inside of the ear. Sometimes mild pain is also present when pressing on your ear. These symptoms could continue to become more noticeable as the infection progresses, so be sure to visit our office for the relief you need.
Perforated Ear Drums
Our eardrums are thin membranes that separate our ear canal and our middle ear. They are delicate and if exposed to trauma or chronic infection, they could rip or tear. In many cases, a perforated eardrum can be coupled with hearing loss, discharge, and possibly pain if it becomes infected. Perforated eardrums generally heal on their own, although it can take several months to do so. During this time, the ear should be protected from water and any further trauma. Instances where the eardrum does not repair itself could require surgery.
At West River Audiology, we utilize a collaborative approach to hearing healthcare, meaning that your needs and priorities are just as important as our recommendations, and we will work together as a team. We also understand the value that friends and family can bring to this important visit, so we encourage all patients to bring a loved one with them to their hearing evaluation. This can also help to make you feel more relaxed and allows you to discuss your options with someone you love and trust.
We pride ourselves on taking a personalized approach to your hearing healthcare, and never attempt to recommend options that take on a “one size fits all” mindset. Instead, we know that your hearing needs are as unique as you are, and we will work to create a customized solution that fits both your budget and lifestyle.