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Viewing entries posted in October 2017

A Client’s story: Hearing, Balance and Vertigo

Posted by on 18 October 2017

 

One of our audiologists Liam talks about his dizzy patient. Mrs. C has a dizziness problem. Shortly after her ear feels blocked up and she hears a roaring sound in her ear, her hearing suddenly drops and the room begins to spin. She has to immediately stop what she’s doing and lie down - otherwise she will fall over. Sometimes she vomits.
Mrs. C saw me today for a hearing test after consulting with her GP. She has had a rough time, lately. Her hearing test showed that her left ear hears very well, but her right ear has a hearing loss. The testing that I performed, as well as her symptoms and the description of her dizziness, led me to believe that she may have Meniere’s disease in her right ear.
The hearing and balance organs are both contained in the inner ear. The balance or vestibular system in conjunction with the eyes and proprioceptors (sensors that provide information about joints and muscles) across the body give us information of where our body is in space and keep us balanced as we move, walk, do cartwheels or whatever. 
Meniere’s disease is a chronic, often debilitating, illness that causes hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear), a feeling of fullness in the ear and vertigo (the sensation of the room spinning). Its cause is unknown and treatment can vary from patient to patient.
I wrote a report to Mrs. C’s GP, who will arrange for an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist to investigate the issue further. If after medical treatment, she still has trouble hearing, we can fit a hearing aid. Fitting a hearing aid to people who have one ear with good hearing and another ear with hearing loss can be challenging, but for many people we can provide them with the ability to hear someone speaking on their ‘bad side’ and give them a sense of sound coming from both sides.

One of our audiologists Liam talks about his dizzy patient. Mrs. C has a dizziness problem. Shortly after her ear feels blocked up and she hears a roaring sound in her ear, her hearing suddenly drops and the room begins to spin. She has to immediately stop what she’s doing and lie down - otherwise she will fall over. Sometimes she vomits.

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A client’s story - The case of ‘Glue Ear’ and presbyacusis

Posted by on 13 October 2017

Our Audiologist Liam writes about ‘Glue Ear’ or ‘fluid in the middle ear’ in an adult client. “When I first met Mrs. B about month ago, her left ear felt completely blocked and her hearing did not feel right.  After testing her hearing, I discovered that she had a significant middle ear infection and the middle ear cavity was full of fluid (what is commonly known as “glue ear”) in her left ear.  Glue ear is fairly common in young children and less common in adults.  In Mrs. B situation “glue ear’ was causing her hearing loss and blocked ear sensation.

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Meet Our Audiologists

Posted by on 4 October 2017

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Fiona Savati – Senior Audiologist at MAC.
Fiona has worked in a variety of clinical settings with children, adults, hard-of-hearing and culturally Deaf clients before joining Melbourne Audiology Centre in 2007. Since then she has honed her knowledge and skills in the areas of adult rehabilitation, including the fitting of latest hearing aid technologies, and paediatric services, including Central Auditory Processing assessment.    She has also developed an interest in hearing preservation for musicians and workers in noisy industry.  Fiona enjoys finding solutions to the day to day challenges that people face when dealing with their hearing loss, and is passionate about helping people to maximise their communication potential.
Fiona works at out Fitzroy hearing centre.

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We Can Help You Maintain Good Hearing And Stronger Relationships

Posted by on 3 October 2017

Liam writes about a client that he particularly enjoyed helping.
“Mrs. D is 93 years old. She lives by herself and likes to keep her independence. She came to see me today to do something about her hearing. Her son also came along to support her.
Together, they were able to explain that Mrs. D had been turning up the TV volume to hear it better, which has been causing some disagreements between the two of them. They had also noticed that she can only hear the phone ringing when she stands close to it. Her sons are becoming frustrated when she asks them to “speak up” and “say that again.”
Mrs. D is also a pensioner, so she was eligible for Government assistance with hearing aids. She decided to get some hearing aids to help her hear better around the house and to stay better connected with her family - either face-to-face conversation or talking on the phone.
With her new hearing aids she is well on the path to making her relationships with her sons much stronger and increasing their enjoyment of watching TV together. “
 
Liam has Masters of Clinical Audiology and is an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist.  Liam works at our Sunshine, Fitzroy and Werribee hearing centres.

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