Because our ears and the many functions they provide are so vital, multiple doctors are trained to support different parts of this amazing organ.
Have hearing or balance problems? Consult with an audiologist, explains the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “Hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by audiologists. They are healthcare professionals who provide care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.”
Audiologist Dr. Susan Rogan, based in Westmont and LaGrange Park, explains, “Audiologists have special training in the prevention, diagnosis, and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. They have master’s or doctoral degrees, state licensure, and have completed a full-time internship, plus have passed a demanding competency examination.”
Rogan adds, “Audiologists are the most qualified professionals to select and verify the performance of hearing aids. They provide extensive hearing aid services to patients with hearing loss. In addition, audiologists are experts with other types of assistive listening devices including individual and group listening systems, telecommunications devices, and personal alerting equipment. Audiologists provide education and training, which are crucial steps in ensuring that patients receive optimum benefit from amplification and communication devices.”
Have sinus problems or facial trauma? ENTs, also known as otolaryngologists, are “physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat, and related structures of the head and neck,” according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. They treat ear infections, cranial nerve disorders, and congenital disorders of the outer and inner ear. They also have expertise in nasal cavity and sinus problems, swallowing disorders, facial trauma, and deformities of the face.
Susan Rogan Hearing : 319 W. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 : 630.969.1677; and 419 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park, IL 60526 : 708.588.0155 : www.susanroganhearing.com.