It is never pleasant to visit any kind of doctor or healthcare professional and it’s completely normal to feel unsure of what to expect. We want to take you through a few things of what you can expect when you visit an audiologist like us at Strauss Audiology. Most people visit an audiologist because they were referred by another doctor or specialist for suspected hearing problems. But to visit an audiologist is not like seeing a regular doctor.
What do Audiologists do?
Audiologists are highly trained professionals who specialise in evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and managing issues related to hearing, tinnitus, and balance disorders. Sybrand Strauss, our owner Audiologist have been in practice as an audiologist since completing his BSc. Audiology degree with distinction at the University of Cape Town in 2008.
Your First visit at an Audiologist
At your first audiology appointment, Sybrand will get a case history from you by asking a few routine questions. This will include any relevant medical history, any recent complaints, and symptoms you might have.
We recommend taking a close friend or family member with you to the appointment. Some tests sometimes involve hearing a familiar voice and testing your hearing with that medium.
It also helps to have someone else present to help you communicate with the audiologist and to help remember and write down information.
What kind of tests take place when you visit an audiologist?
There are three main types of tests:
- Otoscopy – The audiologist will look in your ear canal with an ‘otoscope’ and magnifying pen light. He will be checking for ear wax, blockages, or any problems with your ear canal or ear drum.
- Tympanometry – This will test your middle ear function. The audiologist will be looking to see how well your ear drum responds to light pressure.
- Audiometry – This test really consists of two types of tests: air conduction and bone conduction testing. You will be in a soundproof booth or room and will be asked to raise your hand or push a button when you hear sounds.
None of these tests should be too uncomfortable and aren’t painful at all, so don’t worry. Afterward, Sybrand will spend time explaining the results to you and what further services or referrals he recommends.
About Strauss Audiology
Strauss Audiology is a professional audiology business in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, offering expert, effective hearing advice that is tailored to clients’ unique hearing needs. We conduct hearing evaluations, hearing tests and vertigo assessments, and provide a range of solutions to improve and protect clients’ hearing. This includes providing hearing aids to Cape Town clients. With 13 years of experience, and with the qualifications and certifications to deliver leading hearing care, you can trust us to take care of your hearing needs.
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