Respected Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians and Surgeons. Exceptional Skills.

Cutting-edge Treatments for Ear Nose, Throat, and Allergy. Snoring/Sleep Apnea, Sinusitis/Balloon Sinuplasty,
Eustachian Tube Balloon-plasty, and Tinnitus relief.

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Respected Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians and Surgeons. Exceptional Skills.

Cutting-edge Treatments for Ear Nose, Throat, and Allergy. Snoring/Sleep Apnea, Sinusitis/Balloon Sinuplasty, Eustachian Tube Balloon-plasty, and Tinnitus relief.

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Nina Grant, Au.D., CCC-A | Why Did I Become an Audiologist?

Why did I become an audiologist? 

I became an Audiologist to help people live their best life. The ability to hear is something we don’t think twice about, but when you or a loved one starts having noticeable difficulty hearing, the ease of conversation becomes effortful and laborious. I have an uncle who has noticeable hearing loss. Over the years, I have witnessed him participate less and less at family dinners, withdraw from activities he once loved, and express anxiety over new situations and environments.

I went to college for a degree in speech-language pathology but decided to pursue a clinical doctorate in audiology in the last semester of my undergraduate degree. My personal experiences helped me make that decision and continue to drive the passion for my career. Now, my goal for every patient is independence and confidence. Independence to communicate begins to grow confidence, and it's when the confidence builds that I see patients start to say yes to trying something new, exploring new spaces, and enjoying the rich world of sound again! That is the quality of life I want for everyone. 

Do I see an Audiologist or Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor for Tinnitus?

Both! Tinnitus can present itself in 2 primary ways, gradually or suddenly. In most cases, Tinnitus is a gradual process, where an individual may begin to notice ear ringing becoming louder or more bothersome. In other cases, an individual may have a sudden onset of ear ringing. Either way, an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor) needs to investigate why this may be occurring. It may be due to hearing loss, a history of noise exposure (working loud jobs or loud hobbies), wax blocking up an ear, an ear infection, etc. Some cases of Tinnitus may be treated medically while others will be managed with the help of an Audiologist. Once the ENT completes their medical workup, it is time to collaborate with your Audiologist on management options. An Audiologist will talk through different management strategies, utilizing things such as amplification, sound therapy, and/or neuromodulation therapy. They will discuss theories behind what Tinnitus is and what factors may exacerbate Tinnitus symptoms. There is a lot of information on Tinnitus that is inaccurate, so having the ability to discuss Tinnitus with a professional who works with people who have Tinnitus daily, stays up to date with clinical research, and has the empathy and understanding that others may not can be immensely helpful in managing the impacts of Tinnitus. 

How can I prevent hearing loss from getting worse?

Protect those ears! Just like we use sunblock to protect our skin when in the sun, you should use hearing protection when in loud noise. It is important to know that loud sounds, especially in long durations, can decline your hearing and cause Tinnitus. The use of ear plugs or custom earmolds is very important to use for noisy activities such as going to concerts, using machinery (mowing the lawn, using an air compressor, use of power tools, etc.), or noisy occupations. You can find universal hearing protection such as foam earplugs at a local drug store. There are custom hearing protection options too! Custom hearing protection is an earmold created from an impression of your ear that can be created for specific needs/environments. Custom earmolds can be used to block sound out for sleep or they can have filters in them to reduce the volume of sound without compromising clarity. There are electronic options for activities such as hunting (amplifying sound that will be blocked out by the ear protection) or in-ear-monitors (IEMs) for musicians. If you find yourself in background noise frequently, I recommend routine hearing tests to monitor your hearing. Personally, I have custom musician earmolds with filters that reduce the volume of sound evenly, which allows for high fidelity to keep sounds clear during concerts. I also have custom earplugs I use for sleep which reduce the sound of my noisy neighbors. Whether you purchase generic foam earplugs or custom earmolds, protecting your hearing is important! Don’t be one of those patients who tell me “I wish I would have known to do this earlier”, start today!