Just like it’s important to visit a dentist before your teeth fall off, it’s important to visit an audiologist for hearing evaluation from time to time, especially if you’re a musician or you wear headphones. The biggest problem in the course of detection is that people usually do not pay attention to the symptoms while they’re mild. 

But, you never know what’s brewing inside the body and you wouldn’t know until it blows out of proportion if you have been ignoring the subtle hints that the body drops. Those subtle hints are the initial signs and symptoms of hearing problems like tinnitus, hyperacusis, and auditory processing disorder. The most common ones are as follows. 

  1. Difficulty in walking at night or in a straight line. 
  2. An irritating buzzing noise like that of crickets even in the absence of an external stimulus. 
  3. The feeling of dizziness and nausea every time you take a walk. 
  4. Extreme sensitivity to specific sounds.

Remember, audiologists at clinics like Audiology Centre West carry out evaluation and assessment tests to find out the exact problem. Only when the exact cause is known that an accurate treatment can be suggested. 

The 3 most common hearing disorders and the therapies to treat them are as follows.

  1. Tinnitus

The buzzing noise like that of crickets is Tinnitus. Audiologists will make you fill a questionnaire to find out the TFI score. The score is a benchmark to find out how severe the problem is. The most effective sound therapy for tinnitus is Zen therapy. Other than that, there are stress management therapies to help you cope up with the problem. 

  1. Hyperacusis

Hypersensitivity to loud sounds of specific frequencies is Hyperacusis. Its second variant is Misophonia. Misophonia is a severe sensitivity to extremely low sounds like chewing. Desensitization therapy that makes use of noise generators is one of the best treatments for Hyperacusis.

  1. Vertigo and Balance Problems

First comes the assessment stage where doctors will carry out certain tests to find out the extent of the problem that’s causing imbalance. The different tests that are used include Vidéonystagmograhy, visual tests, and BPPV. The results are analyzed and based upon them, the 4 rehab services that help in restoring the balance are as follows. 

  1. Repositional Maneuver For BPPV.
  2. Initial vestibular rehabilitation plan for mild handicap. 
  3. Personalized vestibular rehabilitation plan for moderate handicap. 
  4. Long-term Personalized vestibular rehabilitation plan for severe handicap. 

No matter the condition that you’re suffering from, there’s nothing that a capable doctor cannot handle. Hence, make sure you pick the right doctor before you try to figure out the right treatment.