If you’re concerned that you, or someone you know, is suffering from hearing loss, it’s important to get evaluated by a hearing loss specialist.
Choosing which type of hearing care professional to see will depend on what concerns you have about your hearing or your ears. Understanding what type of hearing care professional you should see can help save you time and money in an extra office visit.
ENT doctors (Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors), or otolaryngologists, are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, and throat problems. ENT doctors will often receive a few years of training in general surgery, enabling them to perform surgery on serious conditions that affect the ear, nose, and throat.
ENT doctors will generally handle hearing issues that relate to a medical condition, such as Meinere’s or an autoimmune disease.
You should visit an ENT if:
A Hearing Care Professional can help diagnose and provide support for individuals suffering from hearing loss. They are experienced in providing hearing aids or other assistive listening devices.
Hearing care professionals will actively try to improve your quality of life by helping to improve your hearing through the use of hearing aids or other devices. If they believe that your hearing loss is medical, or could be corrected surgically, a hearing care professional would refer you to your medical doctor or an ENT.
You should visit a hearing care professional if: