Whether you suffer from long-term hearing loss or have noticed recent changes in your levels of hearing, the good news is that there is help available. In this post, we’ll share information about our highly experienced licensed audiologist, Erin Robinson; review how exactly audiologists like Erin can help; and provide details on how to get in touch should you need treatment.
Meet Erin Robinson, Audiologist
Voted the Best Audiologist in the 2016 Herald Readers’ Choice Awards, Erin Robinson has an impressive decade of experience serving patients at Western Washington Medical Group.
Educated at Western Washington University, Robinson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds a Washington state license in Audiology and Dispensing.
Robinson embraces her calling and sees her career as a perfect fit for her personality. “I have a love for music and singing, and I believe that passion truly plays into my pursuit for perfection when it comes to getting my patients’ hearing aids fit properly, and set to their personal preferences,” she commented.
When she’s not assisting patients, she relishes time with her husband and three children, frequenting parks and playgrounds as a family.
About Audiology and Audiologists
Audiology is the study of hearing, which often includes the research of balance, hearing loss, disorders associated with hearing and rehabilitation for hearing loss. It traditionally combines technology with science to formulate solutions to common hearing issues using diagnostic tests and evaluations. Many patients who suffer from hearing ailments are referred to audiology departments from their general care practitioners to determine the root cause of the issue and the appropriate course of treatment.
So, what is an audiologist, exactly? Put simply: Audiologists are the medical professionals who review, diagnose, treat, and monitor hearing loss and balance disorders in both adults and children.
Some may think of them simply as a ‘hearing aid doctor,’ but their depth of knowledge surpasses that distinction in many ways. In addition to prescribing, fitting and dispensing hearing aids to patients, audiologists are often involved in many or all of the following:
Diagnosis and Treatment of Tinnitus. A common hearing disorder that affects up to 20% of the population, this frustrating condition makes the patient’s ears ring or make repetitive noise on a consistent basis. Audiologists can provide testing to get to the root cause of the tinnitus and provide relief for those suffering.
Hearing Program Implementations. Audiologists are trained to design and host programs associated with screening for and conserving the hearing of their patients, from newborns to the elderly. They are also equipped to assist with protection for their patients most vulnerable to hearing damage due to their vocations or hobbies. Musicians, swimmers and those who may regularly use firearms should all take extra precautions while engaging in such activities to prevent hearing loss.
Advise on Central Auditory Processing Disorders. These disorders negatively affect the way children process what they hear, even if their hearing is intact. Audiologists have the skills to identify these disorders and provide appropriate rehabilitation to improve the patients’ speech and lessen the impact of the ailment.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders. Many ailments associated with hearing stem from issues related to balance. Audiologists know what to look for in patients suffering from related symptoms.
Cochlear™ Implant Surgeries. Audiologists sometimes recommend Cochlear™ implants for patients. These are tiny electronic devices that stimulate the cochlear nerve using a microphone to process sound, which is then transmitted to the listener. Audiologists may refer patients for this surgery.
Talk to a Doctor
If you’d like to request an appointment with Ms. Robinson in the Ear, Nose & Throat/Allergy/Audiology team at Western Washington Medical Group, complete the request on this page. For more general inquires, fill out the form on this page