Mercy audiologists are highly trained medical professionals who diagnose and treat hearing loss, tinnitus, balance issues and other ear-related problems in children and adults. You might think of an audiologist as a “hearing doctor.”

Our audiologists use a full range of diagnostic procedures to determine the type and severity of hearing loss. These tests measure the volume at which you can hear, as well as your ability to distinguish between different sounds.

Treatment options for hearing loss vary, depending on the degree and severity of your condition. The most common form of treatment for hearing loss is hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.

If a hearing aid is recommended, our audiologist will discuss options, features and costs. We will also custom fit the hearing aid to ensure maximum performance and comfort.

An audiologist can also treat other ear-related problems, such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus), severe wax buildup, and dizziness and balance problems caused by inner ear disorders.

What's the difference between an audiologist and ENT specialist?

At Mercy, audiologists and ear, nose and throat (ENT) physicians often work together in the same practice. An ENT specialist diagnoses and treats diseases of the ear, nose, mouth and throat.

ENT doctors are surgeons who regularly perform a variety of procedures, including ear tube surgery for children, surgical correction of protruding ears and removal of tonsils, among other treatments for head, throat and neck conditions.

An audiologist is a hearing health care professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. Audiologists have extensive knowledge of the human auditory system and also have special training in how to accurately fit and adjust hearing aids.

Do I need a referral to see an audiologist?

Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to schedule an appointment directly with an audiologist. You might want to see an audiologist if you have noticed a gradual change in your hearing or if you have been struggling to understand people in day to day situations.

If you have a sudden hearing loss or severe pain in and around your ears, or had trauma to your head or ears, you should speak to your primary care or ENT physician first.

If you have concerns about your hearing, make an appointment with a Mercy audiologist or talk to your primary care physician to get his or her advice. At Mercy our goal is to ensure you hear all the voices and sounds in your life with clarity and comfort.

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