An audiologist is a professional who is university trained and licensed to diagnose and treat hearing loss and balance disorders. It is important to get a baseline hearing test and have your hearing checked routinely. A regular examination can not only help to identify potential problems, but it can allow us to track changes in the auditory system over time. Hearing loss has been linked to things like falls, social isolation, and cognitive issues such as dementia. A routine test allows us to begin treatment sooner if appropriate, which can potentially prevent further damage. Common signs that you need an audiological evaluation include asking people to repeat themselves, difficulty understanding speech in background noise such as in a restaurant or in a group of people, increasing tv volume, and hearing ringing in your ears. A regular hearing exam will evaluate all parts of the ear. The audiologist will look inside the ear to see if there is wax, fluid, or infection. A test of the middle ear is performed to determine how well sound is able to transmit to the inner ear. This gives us information about the eardrum, the middle ear space, and the bones of the middle ear. The audiologist will then ask you to identify the softest sound you can hear at certain pitches. We will also ask you to repeat a series of words to determine how well you can understand speech.
Here at Melnick, Moffitt, & Mesaros ENT Associates we have two audiologists that provide services to patients every day. Donald Short has been a practicing audiologist for 30 years and has been with MMM ENT since 2005. He obtained his Master’s degree in Audiology from The University of Pittsburgh. Nicole Kendig received her Doctorate of Audiology from Towson University in 2017. She has worked in both private audiology practices and ENT settings and has been with MMM ENT since 2021. Our audiologists provide audiological evaluations, balance testing, and hearing aid services. We also offer swim molds and custom hearing protection.
At MMM ENT, we strive to provide patient-centered care of the utmost quality to our patients. If you have not had your hearing evaluated, or suspect you may have hearing loss, call us today to schedule an appointment.