We can work together to help more patients.
Identifying Patients Who Need a Hearing Evaluation
A hearing evaluation can tell us the status of a patient’s peripheral auditory system, including the status of the middle ear. Patients complaining of any of the following are appropriate candidates to refer to us for a hearing evaluation:
- Hearing loss (communication issues)
- Aural fullness
- Otalgia (ear pain)/drainage
- With a family history of hearing loss and/or diabetes
- Who have been exposed to loud noise
- Undergoing chemotherapy
Hearing evaluations help to diagnose:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Acoustic neuroma/vestibular schwannoma
- Ménière’s syndrome
- Serous otitis media
- Chronic otitis media
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Perilymphatic fistula
- Sensorineural hearing loss
- Conductive hearing loss
- Unilateral hearing loss
Questions to Ask Your Patients
If a patient answers yes to any of the following, please issue a referral so we can evaluate them and try to improve their quality of life:
- Does a hearing problem cause you to be embarrassed when meeting new people?
- Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family, or cause them to become frustrated?
- Do you have difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper?
- Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when visiting friends, relatives, or neighbors?
- Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty at the movies, the theater, or religious services?
- Does a hearing problem cause you to have difficulty when listening to the TV or the radio?
- Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when at a restaurant with family and friends?
- Do you feel handicapped, isolated, or depressed because of a hearing problem?
- Do you feel you are missing out on things because of a hearing problem?