Beyond Hearing Aids: The Comprehensive Scope of Audiology

02/12/2024 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources | 0 comments

When you think of audiology, hearing loss is likely one of the first topics that comes to mind. But your audiologist does more than just help individuals with a hearing loss. It’s true that treating hearing loss and handling hearing aid fittings are common services provided by audiologists, but that’s not all that they handle. Audiologists also play a large role in the diagnosis and assessment of both hearing and balance disorders.

Understanding the Role of Audiologists

It’s a common misconception that audiologists solely focus on hearing loss and hearing aids. Here at The Hearing Center MCC, the scope of our practice also encompasses the diagnosis and assessment of hearing and balance disorders. This comprehensive approach is crucial for providing effective treatment to individuals experiencing various auditory and vestibular challenges.

The Interconnectedness of Hearing and Balance

The connection between hearing and balance is intricate, as the inner ear plays an important role in both functions. The initial comprehensive hearing assessment conducted by audiologists is not just about evaluating a person’s ability to hear sounds but also about assessing the frequency

spectrum of sounds. This detailed analysis can provide valuable insights into a person’s inner ear health and help to identify potential issues related to dizziness and balance.

Specialized Vestibular Testing

Audiologists conduct various specialized tests to delve deeper into balance-related concerns. These tests go beyond the conventional hearing evaluation and include assessments of eye movement, body positioning, and vestibular system functionality. By analyzing these aspects, audiologists can identify the factors contributing to balance issues and dizziness.

Why Balance Matters

Balance issues can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily life. Falls are a prevalent concern, especially in older adults. Statistics show that one in every four adults experiences a fall each year. Audiologists can play a crucial role in fall prevention by identifying and addressing underlying hearing and balance issues.

Comprehensive Approach to Care

Audiologists don’t only diagnose problems related to hearing and balance, but they also collaborate with other medical professionals for comprehensive patient care. Referrals to ear, nose, and throat physicians, neurologists, and physical therapists are common. Here at The Hearing Center MCC, it’s our goal to ensure that patients receive the most effective treatment for their specific conditions.

Technological Advancements in Rehabilitation

The landscape of hearing aid technology is ever evolving, which is wonderful news. For example, innovations like accelerometers can help to detect falls and automatically alert designated contacts in case of a fall. Technological advancements like this have expanded the scope of rehabilitation, offering tailored solutions for various auditory and vestibular challenges.

Hearing and Balance Support in Pensacola Bay

Our team at The Hearing Center MCC is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals experiencing hearing and balance challenges. Our doctors have the highest level of expertise in advanced audiological assessment and treatment in the area. No matter what you’re experiencing, we are here for you.

If you or a loved one is struggling with hearing concerns, remember that the journey to better hearing is just a call away. If you’d like to find out more or if you have any questions, you can request a callback here and a member of our team will be in touch shortly!

More than Just Hearing Aids

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Jennifer LaBorde Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer LaBorde is an audiologist who has been in practice since 1999. She has a Masters in Communication Disorders from University of South Alabama, Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Mississippi, a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology.
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