An audiologist has a graduate degree, has completed a clinical internship, has passed a comprehensive national standardized examination and has professional credentials. Most states also have licensure for audiologists. These credentials will help you identify the most qualified person to provide your hearing care services. There are over 10,000 audiologists in the United States who provide hearing care services, including:
- Comprehensive hearing evaluations for persons of all ages
- Selections, fitting and dispensing of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.
- Patient and family counseling about living with hearing loss
- Hearing conservation programs to prevent hearing loss
- Research and development of new evaluation techniques and rehabilitation strategies
Remember! Hearing loss may occur so gradually that one may not be aware that it is happening. The first step in identification of hearing loss is a comprehensive hearing evaluation by your local audiologist!
How to select a hearing aid provider?
- Is there a licensed, certified and experienced audiologist specializing in hearing aids on staff?
- Does this professional work with a team of medical professionals specializing in hearing and ear pathologies to treat and evaluate your precise ear and/or hearing condition?
- Can the audiologist effectively communicate with you and your family members about various hearing aid choices, fittings, features and options of hearing aids that are appropriate for your hearing loss?
- In providing you with this information about hearing aids or assistive listening devices, has the professional spoken to you and your family about the impact of hearing loss on your lifestyle, hobbies, and home life?
- Does the audiologist offer a range of hearing aid choices for your type of loss?
- Will your hearing aid provider assist and train you on how to wear and care for your hearing aids, as well as how to adjust to wearing them?
- Does the audiologist offer trial periods, warranties, as well as loss and damage protection?
- Will the audiologist provide follow-up care and reprogramming following your initial hearing aid fitting, for the life of your warranty at no charge?
- Is there an audiologist available to provide emergency care, or service of your hearing aids if needed?
- Will you be provided with options should a return or repair be required?
If you have answered “yes” to all of these questions, you can rest assured that you have taken the right steps in finding the right hearing professional for your needs.
Call one of our highly trained, state licensed, and professional staff of audiologists to help you determine what is right for you, and have them answer any of your questions.
We hope you will call us for an appointment and visit our office today!