Your hearing is getting worse? Do you suffer from tinnitus, a feeling of permanent or recurrent blockage of the ear?
Do you suffer from hypersensitivity to sounds? Do you work in noise areas?
You have to make an appointment with an Audiologist.
Audiology is a branch of medicine which deals with hearing, its disorders and their treatment.
In a broad sense, the hearing organ consists of 3 parts:
- ear as an organ which receives acoustic information and encodes them into corresponding nerve impulses;
- hearing pathway which transfers those encoded information;
- central nervous system which properly prepares those encoded information and transmits them to our consciousness.
Disorders may involve each of those three elements. Accurate identification of the disorder location allows for implementing proper treatment method. Due to complex structure of the hearing organ, usually it is necessary to perform one or more additional tests, such as impedance audiometry, pure tone audiometry, otoacoustic emission or brainstem auditory evoked potentials (so-called BAEPs) during diagnosis of its disorders.