Should you see an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat Specialist) doctor or an audiologist (hearing professional)? This is a frequently asked question that comes up often. In order to answer this, we must first define each type of role.
What is an ENT?
ENT stands for ear, nose, and throat. An ear, nose, and throat doctor is also called and otorhinolaryngologist. According to ENTnet.org , this type of doctor diagnoses and manages diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, and throat, as well as structures of the neck and face. They treat hearing loss associated with ear disorders and are trained in medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), and some cranial nerve disorders. An otolaryngologist also manages congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear. (Source)
What is an Audiologist?
Wikipedia defines an audiologist as “a health-care professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and/or treat hearing, tinnitus, or balance problems. They dispense, manage, and rehabilitate hearing aids and assess candidacy for and map cochlear implants.” (Source) The other thing that audiologists do that rings true for us here at Hearing Aid Counselors is that we help teach coping skills to those who have lost their hearing as well as counseling of their families.
So Which Type of Hearing Professional Should You Seek Out?
It is important to find the right professional to treat you if you are experiencing any hearing problems or issues with your ears. To answer the question as to which type of health care professional you should see, it depends on your symptoms.
You Should See An ENT Doctor If:
- You have earwax buildup issues
- You believe your hearing loss may be connected to current medical issues
- You have additional symptoms (ringing in ears, headaches, sinus pressure, etc.)
You should see an audiologist if:
- Your complaints are mainly loss of hearing ability
- You have long-term or gradual hearing loss
- You have no medical conditions that could be associated with hearing loss
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
If you have any questions as to which type of hearing professional you need to see, feel free to consult with us at Hearing Aid Counselors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations. We have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.