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When to Refer

When to Refer

Amdahl Hearing provides a wide range of audiological services for everyone at all stages of life, from small children to seniors.

The following are examples of patients who should be referred to our practice:
Patients who express concern about hearing loss
Patients whose spouse or family member have noticed a hearing loss in their loved one
Patients who have excessive cerumen
Patients who have a history of noise exposure
Patients who complain of tinnitus
Patients who are experiencing problems with balance or who have fallen
Children who fail hearing screenings at school
Children who have speech & language delay
 
A quick guide on when to refer your patients to an audiologist or to an ENT:
Several physicians have contacted our office asking which patients should be sent to specialists when it comes to ears and hearing. Given that roughly 85% to 90% of all hearing loss in adults is not medically manageable, the audiologist’s role is to measure, determine the nature of, and manage the hearing loss. When necessary, an audiologist will support an otolaryngologist (ENT) in the differential diagnosis of the etiology of the ear or hearing disorder.

Use the following guide to determine if the patient needs to be seen by an ENT or an audiologist.

ENT
Ear infections
Draining & bleeding ears
Balance issues
Cerumen impaction
Foreign body in ear
Sudden hearing loss
Known nose/throat/sinus-related issues
History of middle-ear problems
History of ear surgeries

Audiologist
School-related concerns
Tinnitus
Known need for hearing aid(s)
Excess cerumen
Foreign body in ear
Family history of hearing loss
Diminished hearing in one ear
Complaint of inability to hear
Noise Exposure
Monitoring for ototoxicity


A doctor of audiology (Au.D.) has four years of post-baccalaureate training in an accredited program which includes a one-year externship and must also pass the National Praxis Exam. An audiologist is the provider of choice for diagnostic evaluation and nonmedical management of hearing loss, vestibular disorders, and tinnitus.