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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Patient Resources

Another resource to provide you with access to many helpful hearing related articles.

What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a health care professional who evaluates and treats hearing loss, dizziness, and tinnitus. Audiologists are now required to have a clinical doctorate degree, but some audiologists with Master’s Degrees have been grandfathered into the profession.

A Discussion About Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumorous growth on the nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. They are non-cancerous, but can cause other serious health issues.

A Discussion About Chronic Ear Infections

Ear infections most commonly occur in the space behind the eardrum (called the middle ear). In some individuals, these infections occur frequently or never completely heal. These are referred to as chronic infections and can leave lasting damage.

What is an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

An auditory processing disorder (or central auditory processing disorder) refers to any condition that affects the way our brain processes sounds. It is an umbrella term that covers many possible issues. There is often significant overlap with APD and other disorders, such as attention issues or learning disabilities.

What Causes Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a sound heard in the ears that is not really there. It can be a ringing, buzzing, chirping, or hissing sound. It is typically generated in the auditory centers of the brain in response to hearing loss. However, it can be related to other central nervous system issues, medications, or even stress.

A Discussion About Dizziness

Dizziness is a sensation of light-headedness, disorientation, or unsteadiness. It is typically felt inside the patient’s head and is usually a symptom of an underlying issue.

A Discussion of the Eustachian Tube and Middle Ear Problems

The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum. It connects to our throat via a tube called the Eustachian Tube. The middle ear and Eustachian Tube play an important role in equalizing pressure and are frequently a site of infection and dysfunction.

A Discussion of Hearing Problems in Children

The vast majority of hearing loss in children is temporary. However, significant permanent hearing loss is observed in approximately 3 in 1000 births. The more quickly hearing issues can be resolved in children, the better the outcome in language development and in overall learning.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of a sound – usually a ringing, buzzing, chirping, or hissing sound – that is not really present in the environment. It is a “phantom sound” and is a very common disorder, usually linked with hearing loss.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)

An ALD is any device, other than a hearing aid, used to assist hearing. These devices can be used to help hear the television, the telephone, at theaters, or even to hear the doorbell or an alarm clock.

Candidates for Assitive Listening Devices

Any individual with hearing loss, whether mild or severe, can take advantage of these devices.

Type and Degree of Hearing Loss

Some hearing losses are medically treatable. The majority of hearing losses, however, are permanent. In order to determine the type and severity of a hearing loss, a comprehensive audiologic evaluation must be administered. These evaluations are best performed by a doctor of audiology and the results are displayed on a graph called an audiogram.

Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids come in several styles. The style used depends on multiple factors: the severity of the hearing loss, manual dexterity, individual anatomy, financial limitations, cosmetic concerns, and more. Your doctor can help you select the device that is right for you.

How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a common condition that is most common in individuals over the age of 55. However, genetics, noise exposure, physical trauma, and even some medications can cause hearing loss. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked!