Audiology is the science of hearing.
An Audiologist is the medical professional who specializes in assessing and treating individuals experiencing hearing loss. With a masters or doctoral degree, Audiologists are able to identify, treat and prevent hearing loss for people of all ages. At Cambridge Audiology, our in-house audiologist, Dr. Chaves, will conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation, determine if your hearing is impaired and explain your hearing condition to you in easy-to-understand language. He may also prescribe, fit and dispense hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, when required. Dr. Chaves may also refer you for further medical treatment if necessary.
If you think you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss and you’d like to book a hearing assessment, contact Cambridge Audiology for an appointment with an audiologist in Cambridge.
We hear by sound waves which are collected by the outer ear and channelled along the ear canal to the eardrum. When sound hits the eardrum, the impact creates vibrations which, in turn, cause three bones in the middle ear to move. The smallest of these bones, the stapes, fits into the oval window between the middle and inner ear. When the oval window vibrates, fluid in the inner ear transmits the vibrations into the hearing organ, called the cochlea.
In the inner ear, thousands of microscopic hair cells are bent by the wave-like action of fluid inside the cochlea. The bending of these hairs sets off nerve impulses which are then passed through the auditory nerve to the hearing centre of the brain. This centre translates the impulses into sounds the brain can recognize.
If you want to learn more about audiology and the science of how we hear, please consult with Dr. Chaves at your appointment.
In today's world, it is easy to be exposed to hazardous noise levels which can damage your hearing. Off the job, our hearing is assaulted by noise from traffic, construction and lawnmowers. On the job, noise is generated by office or industrial equipment, machinery and power tools. Even recreational activities such as hunting, snowmobiling and listening to loud music can cause hearing loss.
When your favourite song comes on, it’s sometimes difficult to resist the urge to turn up the volume, but avoiding harmful noise levels is the safest option. If you have to shout to be heard or if speech sounds muffled after leaving a noisy area, then the level is too high. It is recommended that hearing protection be worn in noisy situations at home and on the job. Earplugs or earmuffs are available from your Audiologist and provide good protection.
If you are exposed to loud noise levels regularly, have your hearing checked annually by an Audiologist.
Optimal hearing is essential to people of all ages. In children, hearing problems can limit language development and hearing loss in adults can negatively impact their enjoyment of everyday life.
If you experience diminished hearing and would like to get your hearing checked to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for hearing aids, contact Dr.Chaves at Cambridge Audiology to book an appointment.