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What Services Does a Hearing Health Professional Provide?

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A hearing health professional is a trained medical professional who specializes in everything to do with hearing and your hearing health. They also work on hearing loss prevention and are required to be educated to advanced degree level. With several hours of clinical practice and training a hearing health professional is qualified to take total care of your hearing health. Hearing health professionals provide a wide range of services centered entirely around preventing hearing loss, identifying hearing issues and diagnosing conditions relating to your hearing health.

Hearing health professionals can be found working in a variety of settings, from hospitals and clinics to private practices. The services on offer could vary, but it all depends on their expertise. Here are some of the services on offer by a hearing health professional:

Diagnosis

Hearing health professionals can determine whether you have lost your hearing, if you have infections, whether you have an auditory disorder or tinnitus. Their ability to diagnose your hearing issue is the first reason anyone speaks to a hearing health professional. They can test your hearing thoroughly to understand whether your hearing loss is long term and what the best treatment is. They use a range of examination tools to tell you what’s wrong, and this then leads to a full diagnosis.

Treatment

Whether you need to be fitted for hearing aids, referred to another specialist or simply need help with a wax impaction, you’re going to be able to get this treatment from your hearing health professional. Most often, a hearing aid is the recommended treatment for hearing loss. A hearing health professional can also fit and adjust your hearing aids to suit your needs. If necessary, they can also give you some information on support and counseling that you will need when it comes to adjusting to a new hearing device.

Prevention

A hearing health professional works to assess your auditory condition. They can give you as much advice as you need to prevent further damage to your hearing. They can talk you through any hazardous listening environments so that you can adjust your lifestyle to suit. They will be able to recommend the best ways to protect your hearing so that your hearing is preserved for as long as possible.

If you think that your hearing may be affected by your lifestyle, then you should try to get an appointment with a hearing health professional as soon as possible. If your hearing impairment goes untreated, it can worsen over time.