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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)
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Aural fullness
  • Otalgia (ear pain)/drainage

Also patients:

  • 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
  • Otosclerosis
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Perilymphatic fistula
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Unilateral hearing loss
Physician talking to patient

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?

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