Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Nicole | 2012-03-06

Q.

Audiologist or ENT?

Hi doctor

I am confused as to whether I should make an appointment with an ENT or an audiologist. The thing is I get like a ringing sensation in my ear, and sometimes pain as well. Sometimes I get the taste of ear wax in my throat. Is this normal? I''ve always had a hearing problem since I was small. But was never taken for a proper check up, this affected the way I speak (my speech), I feel that this has affected my ability to perform well during my school years. I''ve also noticed that when I sleep with the windows open, the next morning I''ll have a sore throat. Is this normal? Even if I do go see an ENT must I still make an appointment with the audiologist, just for the test, to find out what type of hearing problem I may have? It seems as if I can only hear when someone is talking to me if they are standing next to me or in front of me and talking to me. But I cannot hear what people are saying when maybe they are in another room, or at a certain distance away from me. does an ENT do the ear test as well? By the way I am 22yrs of age.

Thanks in advance.

Nicole

Expert's Reply

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Hearing Expert

Hi Nicole! Based on the details explained and the symptoms at hand it is advised that a visit to both an ENT specialist and Audiologist should be considered. Visit the ENT specialist first and thereafter visit an Audiologist. This multidisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment would be best suited to addressing your concerns, especially noting your hearing difficulty.

Kind regards....

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Posted by: Hearing Care | 2012-03-17

Hi Nicole! Based on the details explained and the symptoms at hand it is advised that a visit to both an ENT specialist and Audiologist should be considered. Visit the ENT specialist first and thereafter visit an Audiologist. This multidisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment would be best suited to addressing your concerns, especially noting your hearing difficulty.

Kind regards....

Reply to Hearing Care
Posted by: Ritu | 2012-03-16

The privately suenrid pay less, get faster service and have a broader range of choices. Why do you hate your grandparents so much that you demand they be deprived of that?Most old people ALSO buy private insurance because Medicare sucks so badly. Those who were NEVER ENROLLED in Medicare (a vanishing group, but there are still plenty left) are gleeful they are not among the unfortunate souls who ARE on Medicare. Why do you hate your family so much you demand they be locked into the more expensive, delay-intensive, choice-limiting system you''re pushing?

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