Audiology isn’t just about fitting hearing aids or performing hearing tests. The ears are a bit more complicated than that and there are a few other reasons that you may need to see an audiologist.

Audiologists are professionals who specialize in problems with the ears. This means that if you have any problem at all, they are the people who are most likely to be able to help. With that in mind, here are the four most common signs that you need to see an audiologist.

Your ears are painful

Ear pain is definitely one of the worst feelings and it can throw you off balance as well as cause stress. The most common reason for ear pain is wax compaction. This is when you have a hard build up of wax that is pressing against your eardrum. It’s not a pleasant condition but is easily helped by an audiologist who can remove the wax.

Ear wax compaction can be caused by your ears producing too much wax but may also be caused by cleaning your ears too much or using a cotton bud.

Your ears are ringing

If your ears are ringing after a night out, this is all perfectly normal and will resolve itself in time but if you experience ringing over an extended period, it is time to see an audiologist. This could be a sign that you are losing your hearing or it could be tinnitus. Whatever that cause is, your audiologist will be able to help, either by fitting specialized hearing aids or using a masking device to obscure the ringing noise.

You can’t hear very well or at all

Hearing loss may be a result of a loud noise or trauma to the ear but it can also be a long process that you hardly notice to begin with. Either way, as soon as you notice a problem, you should seek treatment from an audiologist who will be able to assess the situation and suggest a suitable treatment plan.

Many people don’t realize that they are losing their hearing as they get older but there are a few signs you can look out for:

  • You keep turning the TV up
  • You mishear during conversations
  • You have to ask people to repeat themselves
  • You find it harder to hear at higher pitches

Your friends and family will also be likely to suggest that you can’t hear properly before you notice it yourself. This is a very common condition, especially in the over -65 age bracket and is nothing to be ashamed of! You can get treatment.

You are losing your balance

Your ears aren’t just about hearing, they are also responsible for your balance. If you find that you are veering about or the world feels like it is moving a lot and going in waves, you may have an infection of the inner ear and require treatment. This is usually called vertigo. An audiologist will be able to diagnose your condition and suggest a treatment plan.