Ear Nose Throat Sleep Hearing Aids Lebanon PA

Audiology & Hearing Aids

Conditions We Treat

  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Vertigo
  • Asymmetric Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric Hearing Conditions
  • Tinnitus
  • Ear fullness and Pressure
  • Meniere’s syndrome
  • Otosclerosis

Treatments & Procedures

  • BAHA Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Aid Evaluation and Fitting
  • Hearing Aid Maintenance and Repair
  • Acoustic Reflex testing
  • Electronystagmography (ENG)
  • Perilymph Fistula Testing

Patient Education

What Is An Audiologist?

An audiologist is a healthcare professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and/or treat hearing or balance problems. They dispense hearing aids. They counsel families through a new diagnosis of hearing loss in infants, and help teach coping and compensation skills to late-deafened adults. In addition, the audiologist must be licensed or registered by their state to practice audiology.

Audiologists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, universities, rehabilitation facilities, cochlear implant centers, speech and hearing centers, private audiology practices, hearing aid dispensing offices, hearing aid manufacturing facilities, medical centers, as well as otolaryngology (ENT physician) offices. Although the vast majority of hearing problems do not require medical or surgical intervention, audiologists are clinically and academically trained to determine those that do need medical referral. As a licensed healthcare provider, the audiologist appropriately refers patients to physicians when the history, the physical presentation, or the results of the audiometric evaluation (AE) indicate the possibility of a medical or surgical problem.

Why do I Need An Audiologist for A Successful Hearing Aid Fitting?

Hearing aids are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be recommended and prescribed by licensed professionals. This standard is in place to protect the individual with hearing loss as not all individuals are candidates for amplification. Additionally, an improperly fit hearing aid or hearing aid sold online without a face-to-face evaluation with an audiologist can potentially cause various problems. Without a face-to-face evaluation, the consumer will not have an otoscopic evaluation (have the audiologist look into the ear canal) and medical problems such as ear drainage or ear blockages which can cause hearing loss will not be identified. Additionally, hearing aids that are not adjusted to the individual needs of the patient have the potential for increasing the hearing loss if the devices are not set appropriately. Lastly, audiologists can tailor a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient so as to ensure maximum performance from any device that may be prescribed.

© ENT Otolaryngology Website Design & Medical Website Design by Vital Element, Inc. - A Creative Digital Healthcare Agency