Audiologist vs. ENT
Should I See an Audiologist or ENT Doctor about Hearing Problems?
Hearing loss affects more than 28 million Americans, yet less than a quarter seek treatment. If you’ve noticed hearing loss, you may wonder if you should see an audiologist or an ENT doctor. Both medical specialists can provide insight into hearing loss.
What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists focus on helping people with hearing and balance problems. Audiologists administer hearing tests and analyze the results. They are also experts at explaining how hearing loss and hearing damage happens and the long-term impact hearing loss can have on your life. Perhaps most important to people with severe hearing loss, an audiologist will work with you to recommend and fit a custom hearing aid that meets your unique hearing needs. Audiologists also sell and service hearing aids and assistive listening devices that can improve hearing and quality of life.
What is an ENT?
An Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, or ENT doctor, is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating ear, nose, and throat issues. An ENT doctor specializes in otolaryngology and is also known as an otolaryngologist. As surgeons, these doctors perform a number of procedures, including ear tube surgery and surgical correction of protruding ears (otoplasty). Plus, they treat common ear infections and conditions like swimmer’s ear, earaches, and more.
Why We’re Different
Audiologists in AudigyCertified™ practices possess the highest credentials and are among the country’s most experienced hearing care professionals. Our expertise is measured by our commitment to patient satisfaction, continuing education, and the application of current technologies. We understand that “value” is not measured by price alone. Rather, it’s how well we meet your expectations for service — how well we translate our knowledge into customized hearing solutions and the quality of the experience we offer to you. Dr. Blaising and Dr. Ruiz have demonstrated an ability to map individual hearing requirements to complex product and technology choices in a simple, user-friendly, and efficient manner.