Listen to what your ears are saying. Don't ignore perceived changes in hearing, ear noises or tinnitus, balance or dizziness. These issues are all cries for attention.
When there is a sudden loss of hearing it is important to take immediate action. The window of opportunity for treatment with sudden hearing loss is small. Pick up the phone and schedule an appointment to see an Otolaryngologist (ENT) or Audiologist and let them know that this is an emergency.
Sudden changes in hearing aren't the only reasons to seek out the advice of an Audiologist. If you struggle to hear conversation in noise, find that you are asking people to repeat more than you used to, or if you are turning up the television louder than others like it, call an Audiologist to schedule a hearing evaluation. Even the mildest of hearing losses can affect memory. The sooner treatment begins, the greater the impact you will have on brain health.
Tinnitus or ear noises that suddenly appear, particularly in one ear should be assessed. Don't let anyone tell you that there is nothing you can do. There are a multitude of approaches and treatment options. Seek out the advice of an Audiologist who provides tinnitus evaluation and treatment.
Ear pain that is persistent or climbs the scale of discomfort requires medical attention. When the canal appears swollen, if there is pain to the touch, or the ear is wet, it is time to call your physician for an appointment. If there is an infection, it needs to be addressed so that it does not become a bigger problem.
When you can feel or see any changes to skin inside the canal or on the outer portion of the ear, seek out the skilled hand of a Dermatologist. It is prudent to have a thorough examination when there are any obvious changes in color, texture, or appearance of the skin.
Dizziness is not normal and should never be ignored. An Audiologist can diagnose balance disorders and create a plan to positively impact your wellness. Treatment may continue with an Audiologist or Physical Therapist so that you are able to navigate your environment safely.
If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care if anyone else. Listen to your body when it talks to you. And when the time is right, we will be happy to help you.
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