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What a Consultation with an Audiologist Looks Like

Going to the doctor is never fun. Usually, when you head to the doctor, something is wrong, such as you’re not feeling good, your stomach hurts, or you’re bleeding from an accident. The same can be said for when you decide to visit an audiologist, especially if you suspect you may be suffering from some sort of hearing loss.



Platinum Hearing Aids is your Michigan hearing aid specialist. We offer advanced hearing aid technology so you can hear better. From help with tinnitus and hearing protection to diagnosing and treating hearing loss, we can help. Below, we’ll go over what you can expect at an audiology consultation. Contact us today to schedule a hearing appointment!






As you probably know, an audiologist specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and managing a variety of problems and conditions that have to do with the ear, including hearing, tinnitus (ringing noises in the ear), and balance disorders. To be an audiologist, you have to have at least a master’s degree and most have a Doctor of Audiology, which is the equivalent of a PhD. They are here to help you with any problems you may be having.


Collecting Information





The first thing your audiologist will do is collect a bunch of background information on you. This not only includes history associated with your ears, but it will include a full medical history as well. This will help your audiologist perhaps narrow down what to look for if you are suffering from some sort of hearing disorder or condition.




Hearing Tests




Next, your hearing itself will be evaluated through various types of tests. In audiology, there are three types of tests:



  1. Otoscopy. In this audiology test, the doctor will be looking for any obstruction in your ear canal, such as earwax, or any problem with your ear canal. They will use an instrument known as the otoscope.
  2. Tympanometry. In this audiology test, light pressure will be applied to your eardrum to see how it responds. The purpose of this test is to detect proper motion, such as fluid, infection, or Eustrachian tube dysfunction.
  3. Audiometry. In this audiology test, the doctor will measure the range of sounds you can hear, similar to an eye exam to see how small of print you can read. This tests air conduction and bone conduction, which are the two ways you hear sound.



Results of Tests



Your audiologist will examine the results of these tests and then make recommendations on treatment needed if any. If it is determined that you need treatment, a hearing aid appointment will be offered. If it is discovered that you have a balance disorder or tinnitus, treatments will be discussed as well.




Platinum Hearing Aids near Detroit offers you the best audiology services to help you with your hearing needs. Whether you’ve been to an audiologist before or you are brand new, we encourage you to get regular hearing check ups to ensure the health of your hearing, or to improve your hearing impairment if you have one. Schedule an appointment at our hearing clinic  today!

How Often and When Should You See an Audiologist?

As your providers of hearing aids and hearing aid tests in Southfield, Allen Park, and the greater Detroit area, we at Platinum Hearing Aids have made it our goal to provide comprehensive audiology care for all of our patients. Unfortunately, many people don’t take advantage of all of the services that we can provide. While most wouldn’t think of missing a checkup at the doctor or a dentist, your ears are often forgotten. Don’t make this mistake; remember to take the time to visit your local audiologist for a checkup!

When Should You Visit a Hearing Specialist?

We recommend visiting your audiologist once every year. After all, people normally visit the dentist once every six months to get their teeth checked. They normally visit their eye doctor once every year or once every two years to get their eyes checked. It should be no different for your ears as they’re every bit as important to you as your teeth and eyes. When you go to a hearing specialist for a checkup, you’ll be dealing with a professional that has both the equipment and the expertise needed to identify any nuanced ranges of hearing loss.

Other Reasons for Visiting an Audiologist

Some other reasons why we’d recommend that you visit your Southfield and Allen Park hearing center include the following:

  • Excessive Wax – While producing earwax is beneficial because it’s self-cleaning, it protects the ear, and it moisturizes the ear canal. You can sometimes produce an excessive amount of it. If your earwax is impacted and you’re having a hard time removing it, your audiologist will be able to help without damaging your inner ear. Whatever you do, do not attempt to remove ear wax with a cotton swab.
  • Tinnitus – This is when you hear ‘ringing’ in your ears. However, the noise being made can also be described as buzzing, whistling, and screeching among other things. Tinnitus is usually connected to hearing loss, making it doubly important to visit the audiologist if you notice it.
  • Hearing Loss – If you notice that you’ve been gradually losing your hearing (for example, you’ve been having a harder time hearing high-pitched sounds, you have an inability to hear in a crowd, or you have to turn the television up louder), you should visit a hearing center for a hearing aid test. Also, if you notice that you have a sudden hearing loss (due to a loud noise, trauma, or something similar), you should visit our hearing center immediately.

Visit Platinum Hearing Aids!

If you’d like to schedule a visit with your Detroit audiologist for hearing aids or a hearing aid test, please feel free to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (313) 381-4810. We can’t wait to see you and provide you with a much-needed checkup!