1. What is electrochleography test?

Electrochleography is an inner ear test that uses sound stimulation and the resulting electrical measurements. In this technique, fluid pressure inside inner ear is measured, excessive fluid pressure may cause hearing loss.

2. What are triggers tinnitus?

☛ A buildup of earwax
☛ Taking too much of antibiotics
☛ Intake of too much of alcohol
☛ Eardrum rupture
☛ Dental or Temporomandibular problems
☛ Direct injuries to ear or head
☛ Injury to the ear due to radiation therapy
☛ Excessive dieting and weight loss
☛ Repeated exercise with the neck
☛ High blood pressure, Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological disorder, etc.

3. Explain what procedures do you recommend using when giving a patient their initial exam?

Case history, otoscopy, tympanometry, air-conduction testing, bone-conduction testing, word-recognition testing, speech reception thresholds, counseling, and (if appropriate) rehabilitation options (hearing instruments, hearing assistive technology, etc.)

4. Explain how well did you work with the front office staff at your previous job?

Very well. I feel it is important to build a good relationship with the front staff because you really rely on each other to see as many patients as possible and give patients the best experience in your office.

5. Explain how do you market yourself? To reach new patients?

I will tell my patient that I will do my best for their improvement and I will do my best for them. I believe in mouth publicity.

7. Explain how much money do Audiologists make?

The salary for audiologists varies by practice type, as well as geographic location. The average salary is around $73,000 per year, and private practice owners generally make more than non-owner audiologists. Audiologists can make over $100,000 depending on their experience and compensation package.

8. Explain what else would you like people to know about your job/career?

I really enjoy audiology, and find it to be a rewarding profession. It's a nice blend of technology and people.

9. Do you know what tools does Audiology use?

Audiologist use tools like
• Otoscope
• Typanometer
• Audiometer
• Auditory brainstem response
• Electronystagmography
• Otoacoustic emission, etc.

10. Tell me what is conductive hearing losses? What causes such hearing impairment?

Hearing loss that is caused by a problem in the middle or external ear are called conductive hearing losses. Such difficulty in hearing occurs when problem lies in the conduction of sound to the cochlea.
The cause of such impairment is
☛ Excessive wax in the ear canal
☛ Fluid accumulated in the ear due to infection
☛ Discontinuity between the ossicles

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11. Tell me why sometimes we feel a ringing or hizzing sound in the ear?

Hizzing or ringing sound is very normal, and it's not a serious condition. It is referred as tinnitus, which is not a condition itself but a symptom of an underlying condition due to age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.

12. Tell me what all sectors an audiologist can work?

An audiologist is a health professional, and he can work in sectors like
☛ Hospitals
☛ Clinics
☛ Private practices
☛ ENT offices
☛ Universities
☛ Government Institute
☛ Military Hospitals

13. Tell us how do you currently follow up with your patients to monitor the status of their hearing aid?

My patients are fit with hearing aids and scheduled a two week follow up at the initial fitting. After that I schedule a four week check during their trial period to make sure they are comfortable. Patients are seen every six months for check ups and cleanings and once a year for a hearing test.

14. Tell me when giving initial exams to patients in the past, walk me through your process?

Taking ahistory and finding out the Pts concernsPerforming otoscopy to make sure ears are free of wax/annomaliesPTA with masking if necessaryConsider ENT referral at this stage if any complicationsDiscuss hearing aids with clientTake Imps/Fit open aids

17. Explain how would you describe what you do?

I diagnose hearing loss and prescribe solutions that will help my patients to hear better.

18. Explain how much time off do you get/take?

I own my own practice, so I set my own hours and vacations. I generally work 35 hours per week, and take several weeks vacation per year.

19. List out important part of ears in Audiology?

Auditory canal
• Cochlea
• Malleous
• Incus
• Stapes
• Semicircular canal
• Auditory nerve
• Estachian tube
• Oval window
• Eardrum

20. Tell me what are the parameters or levels on which hearing disability is measured?

☛ 0-25 dB - Hearing with normal limits
☛ 26-40 dB - Mild hearing loss
☛ 41-55 dB - Moderate hearing loss
☛ 56-70 dB - Moderately severe hearing loss
☛ 71-90 dB - Severe hearing loss
☛ 91+ dB - Profound hearing loss

21. Tell me what CAPD is and what are the tests used to check CAPD?

CAPD stands for central auditory processing order, and it is a set of problems that occur in different types of listening tasks, especially observed among children's. To check CAPD various test are performed like
☛ Auditory brainstem response
☛ Middle Latencies
☛ Late latency
☛ Event-related response
☛ fMRI

22. Suppose if a patient arrived at your office for an initial visit but had no appointment and you were really busy, how would you make time for the potential patient?

I would ask them what their concern is and will give them an overview of the procedure that they need. Will then schedule them for another appointment so as not to hasten the trial or test.

23. Explain a hearing conservation program you have implemented?

Well, During my bachelors at college, we arranged a hearing screening camp and counselled a group of workers working at some industries about the hazardous effect of noise on their hearing and lifestyle.

24. Tell me what does your work entail?

First I consult with my patient about their lifestyle and what specific situations they're having difficulty communicating in. Next I examine their ears and ear canals to rule out any medical conditions, and then I perform a comprehensive audiological evaluation to map their hearing and measure their ability to understand speech under various listening conditions. Finally, I review the test results with the patient and settle upon a treatment option.

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25. Explain what are your goals/dreams for the future?

I would like to expand my practice and open up more locations so that I can help more people.