The most important thing you can do if you think you have a hearing problem is to seek professional advice. There are several ways to do this. You can start with your primary care physician, an otolaryngologist, an audiologist or a hearing-aid specialist. Each has a different type of training and expertise. Each can be an important part of your hearing-health care.
- An otolaryngologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the ear, nose and throat. He or she will try to find out why you’re having trouble hearing and offer treatment options.
- The doctor may also refer you to another hearing professional, an audiologist. An audiologist has specialized training in identifying and measuring the type and degree of hearing loss and recommending treatment options. Audiologists also may be licensed to fit hearing aids.
- A hearing-aid specialist, who is licensed by a state to conduct and evaluate basic hearing tests, offers counseling, and fits and tests hearing aids.