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What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a healthcare professional who diagnoses and treats hearing-related disorders for their patients. An audiologist also works closely with Ear Nose Throat (ENT doctors) and other healthcare professionals to care for their patients.
Here are some audiologists to consider:
The Hearing Specialist Group
|Address||321 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427990|
|Telephone||+65 6346 0858|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Friday: 9 AM to 5:30 PM |
Saturday: 9 AM to 1 PM
|Address||304 Orchard Road #05-22 Lucky Plaza Building S238863|
|Telephone||(+65) 6235 0360 , (+65) 9170 2802|
|Operating Hours||Mon to Fri: 9 AM to 5.30 PMSat: 9 AM to 1 PM |
|Telephone||Novena Square 2: +65 6397 6779 |
Westgate: +65 6893 0120
Joo Chiat: +65 6338 9626
Lucky Plaza: +65 6732 9923
Chinapoint: +65 6227 7709
|Operating Hours||All outlets except Chinapoint |
Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Daily: 10 AM to 6 PM
|Address||#05-04 Orchard Medical Specialists Centre Lucky Plaza 304 Orchard Road Singapore (238863)|
|Telephone||+65 8551 4556|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Friday: 9 AM – 6 PMSaturday: 9 AM – 1 PM |
|Telephone||+65 6817 5100|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Saturday: 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM |
|Address||176 Orchard Road Centrepoint #03-29, Singapore 238843|
+65 6733 1011
|Operating Hours||Mon – Fri 10am -7pm |
Sat 10am -3pm
Sun/ Public Holidays Closed
The Hearing Solution Group
|Telephone||+65 6337 0090|
|Operating Hours||Mon to Sat: 10 am to 7 pm |
Singapore Association for the Deaf
|Address||227 Mountbatten Road, Singapore 397998|
|Telephone||+65 6344 8274|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday to Saturday: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM |
Sunday, Monday, PH: Closed
|Address||883 North Bridge Rd, #01-14/15 Southbank, Singapore 198785|
|Telephone||+65 6817 1927|
|Operating Hours||Mondays to Saturdays: 9 am – 6 pm |
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
|Telephone||NEX: +65 6285 3132 |
Jurong: +65 6566 3132
Tiong Bahru: +65 6789 3132
Bedok: +65 6344 3132
|Operating Hours||NEX |
Monday to Saturday: 10:45 AM to 6:30 PM
All outlets except NEX
Monday to Friday: 10:45 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday: 10:45 AM to 4 PM
What does an audiologist do?
An audiologist can treat hearing disorders for patients ranging from infants to the elderly. An audiologist can also select and fit hearing aids and other hearing devices for patients when needed. They also educate patients on how to use the hearing aid device, take proper care of the device, and the effects of noise on hearing. An audiologist can also research the causes, prevention, management, and identification of issues relating to hearing loss.
Difference between an audiologist and ENT specialists
An audiologist focuses on hearing loss, ringing in the ears, ear balance issues, and helping patients cope with hearing loss. On the other hand, ENT specialists focus on treating ear conditions such as diseases, cancer, and trauma. They deal with health problems specifically, and they do not have the same expertise as an audiologist to deal with hearing loss problems.
There are various reasons behind hearing loss, such as aging,
the buildup of earwax, and frequent exposure to loud noises. Once you are being diagnosed to have hearing loss by an audiologist, it is not reversible.
- Muffling of voices and other sounds
- Frequent need for others to speak more slowly, loudly, and clearly
- Trouble hearing consonants
- Difficulty understanding words against background noise or in a crowd
- Increasing the volume of television or devices
- Withdrawal from conversations
You should seek help from an audiologist if you experience any of the above symptoms. Do remember that hearing loss is not a problem to be taken lightly or a temporary situation.
How to prevent hearing loss
While aging-related hearing loss is not preventable, there are some steps that you can take to avoid the worsening of aging-related hearing loss and prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
- Protect your ears
The best everyday protection for your ears is to limit the duration and intensity of noise exposure. Wearing earplugs can be effective in protecting your ears from damaging noise.
- Go for hearing checkups
If you frequently work in a noisy environment, consider going for more regular hearing tests with an audiologist to determine your hearing power and detect hearing loss early.
When to see an audiologist
You should seek help from an audiologist when you experience sudden hearing loss. A sudden hearing loss should not be taken lightly because it is not merely temporary but a signal that something underlying is amiss. Another sign that you should visit an audiologist is tinnitus, which is a persistent ringing in the ears.
How to become an audiologist
In Singapore, you will need to have a Bachelor’s degree in audiology from an overseas university or a master’s degree in audiology from the National University of Singapore or overseas universities to practice as an audiologist in Singapore.
Skills you need to become an audiologist
As an audiologist, it is important to be equipped with good problem-solving skills because patients have problems to solve. Patients can trust an audiologist who has good problem-solving skills because they can help their hearing problems.
As an audiologist, being able to communicate clearly and effectively to patients is crucial. With strong communication skills, the audiologist will be able to clearly explain the problem to the patient, whether to educate them on hearing issues or to teach them how to use a hearing aid. Patients will also be able to understand the audiologist’s instructions clearly with clear communication.
An audiologist deals with patients that experience hearing loss, which may be difficult to emphasize if they have good hearing themselves. As an audiologist, when you put yourself in the patient’s shoes and show them empathy, they will feel more at ease and comfortable with you.
Things to consider when choosing an audiologist
Choosing an audiologist near your home or workplace is convenient, and it saves time between trips. Whether you need to revisit the audiologist for regular hearing checkups, purchase a hearing aid device or repair an existing hearing aid device, having an audiologist near you can help cut down transport costs as well.
Seeking help from an audiologist is not cheap, especially if they are private practitioners. It would be helpful to come up with a budget and stick to it when choosing an audiologist.
It is important to feel comfortable with an audiologist through the conversations or the ambience of the clinic. When you feel comfortable with an audiologist, you will feel more at ease and more willing to let the audiologist diagnose your hearing condition.
Before you choose an audiologist, make sure to check the testimonials of past customers to expect how your service with the particular audiologist would be like. If an audiologist has mainly positive reviews from past customers, you can be assured that your visit to that audiologist will most likely be a pleasant experience.
If you have experienced any symptoms of hearing loss or have sudden hearing loss, you should schedule an appointment to visit an audiologist as soon as possible. For those who work in a noisy environment, do visit an audiologist for frequent ear checkups so that if you have possible hearing loss, it can be detected early. When choosing an audiologist, it is important to consider a few factors carefully to ensure that your visit to the audiologist will be a pleasant experience and worth the time and money.
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