A wide range of professions are dedicated to
diagnosing and solving hearing issues. In this article, we focus on speech-language
pathology, a discipline that combines health sciences, psychology and
linguistics to help people overcome difficulties in communication.
Many patients visit their ENT specialist complaining of a buzzing or ringing in their ears. These noises need to be studied as soon as possible using audiometry and tympanometry, for example, as the underlying cause could be any of a range of conditions. Here, we explain what this testing consists of and how it is carried out.
During the warmer months, water sports and visits to beaches, lakes and swimming pools mean that outer ear infections such as swimmer’s ear become more common. This type of leisure activity increases moisture levels in the ear canal, which can lead to otitis externa, an infection in the outer ear. Therefore, it is important that we pay special attention to our aural hygiene during our summer holidays.