In today’s world, it can hard to know where to buy certain items when it’s possible to buy a wide variety of products from one shop. As our lives become busier, convenience becomes even more necessary. But you shouldn’t buy your hearing aids the same way you buy your groceries.
Local audiologists matter, and supporting them is good business not only for the community, but for the people who need hearing support. Here’s why you should support your local audiologists.
Who We Are
We’re doctoral-level, trained audiologists with the education and experience to prevent, identify, assess, and treat all types of hearing disorders. Audiologists have earned their doctor of audiology degree, completed an undergraduate degree, undergone specialized work in the field, and are licensed in the states in which they practice. In addition, the members of the Associated Audiologists team are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and are Fellows of the American Academy of Audiology.
Audiologists invest in learning about their patients’ needs and goals to create an effective rehabilitation plan. We understand the important role hearing plays in human interaction and communication, and we take the time to get to know you to provide individual treatment plans that allow for your maximum participation in society.
The Big Box Competitor
You appreciate the ease of being able to walk into a big box competitor for a spur-of-the-moment diagnosis. Certainly, there’s a level of ease that comes with purchasing hearing aids at the same time you buy a new television. But big box discount stores generally can’t provide the same level of service available through independent practices. They also have limited technology options available to either bulk purchase or contracts rather than the latest technology available to independent practitioners.
The best independent practices offer more than hearing aids: They provide education, wide product availability, and a full range of important services such as wax removal not offered in retail environments. These trained specialists with the degrees, working experience, and academic background understand the latest diagnostic testing and hearing aid technology to accurately diagnose and treat your hearing loss.
Big box stores, on the other hand, offer only a limited selection of hearing aids, and those hearing aids cannot be serviced elsewhere. The technology is proprietary, and must be returned to the store where it was purchased for service.
Independent practices, on the other hand, provide quality assurance, highly competitive pricing, work with a range of manufacturers to offer more than one type of hearing aid, and generally offer superior service and follow-up care.
Why Go Local
Local audiologists work to find the best fit for each individual patient. They recognize that everyone has different needs, lifestyles, and that no two ears are the same. They’ll take the time to learn about you and find your specific solution.
With state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology to treat hearing loss and balance disorders, patients can be sure they’re getting the right fit and the best answer for all their questions. Audiologists work closely with patients to identify a hearing solution for their specific needs, and prescribe treatment that matches lifestyle, budget, and diagnosis.
In addition to a diagnostic evaluation, they’ll follow up with a customized plan for adjustment, maintenance, and service. Independent audiologists generally offer a wide range of hearing aids from a variety of manufacturers, and they’re knowledgeable regarding which aids are best for each person. In addition, the dollars you spend stay in our community rather than going to large corporate retail giants who, unlike a privately-owned audiology practice, are not involved and invested in our local communities.
Our reputation is important to us and we take pride in helping our patients hear and live their life to the fullest. Schedule an appointment at Associated Audiologists today to see how we can help you with your hearing.