Your ears are pretty amazing. Hidden within them are tens of thousands of tiny hair cells that work alongside a host of other cells, from bone cells to nerve cells, so you can hear the world around you. If just one part of this mechanical marvel breaks down, your can experience hearing loss. Taking good care of your hearing requires the expert help of someone who understands the mechanics, biology and physics of your hearing. That someone is an Audiologist.

An Audiologist isn’t the only person you can go to if you have hearing loss. There are, of course, hearing aid dispensers. But there is a big difference between the service an Audiologist can provide, compared to that of a hearing aid dispenser. Their job names alone give some of this away – hearing aid dispensers are focused on selling you hearing aids, Audiologists are focused on taking care of everything and anything to do with your hearing health.

If you need more convincing, here are three reasons to choose an Audiologist:

 

Reason #1 – unrivalled expertise for your peace of mind

As we mentioned earlier, your hearing is complex. When something goes wrong an Audiologist has the training to find out exactly where the problem lies and provide appropriate treatment, whether that is hearing aids or not. The training they undergo to offer such comprehensive care is extensive to say the least: a four-year medical degree, at least 350 hours of patient care and a year of full-time supervised on-the-job experience. Not to mention ongoing professional development courses. You can therefore enjoy peace of mind knowing that your Audiologist has every angle covered when it comes to your hearing health. In contrast, a hearing aid dispenser needs only to complete a 12-week training course and pass a written and practical exam.

 

Reason #2 – a lifelong partnership

Taking care of your hearing health is a lifelong endeavor, one that involves both you and your Audiologist. As your lifestyle, habits and health changes, an Audiologist will be there to keep a close eye on your hearing and provide trusted advice and, if needed, treatment to ensure you can enjoy the sounds around you at every stage in life.

 

Reason #3 – tailored treatment

If hearing aids are the solution to your hearing loss, that’s great. But once they are fitted that is not the end of the story. Hearing aids take time to adjust to and often require adjustments. As your hearing needs change, your hearing aids may need adapting or replacing. An Audiologist provides after-care long after your initial fitting for hearing aids and can ensure your hearing loss is treated in the most appropriate way for your particular circumstances.

Give your hearing the care and treatment it deserves, contact one of our Audiologists in Scottsdale at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat by calling us on 480-684-1080.

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Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Debra Hamila received her master’s degree in audiology from Cleveland State University and her Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences and has been a practicing audiologist for more than 33 years. She has worked in a variety of ENT offices, hospital, and clinical settings.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.