To get the best quality care for anything in your life, you see an expert in that field. Just as you would see a mechanic to fix your car or a dentist for a toothache, for the highest quality of care and expert knowledge regarding your hearing, you should see an audiologist. Here’s why.
Who Is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are degreed professionals with expertise and extensive training. They have the latest knowledge and education to provide hearing testing advice for adults and children. They have advanced degrees in diagnosis and non-medical treatment of different hearing issues.
You see an audiologist because you’re having problems with your hearing. They cover a number of areas, such as hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. These professionals in the field provide the expert care you need. They meet industry standards, follow the best practices to deliver unparalleled advice, and are up-to-date with the latest hearing technology and comprehensive diagnostic testing.
If you’re unsure about the qualifications of hearing professionals, look at the credentials after their name. These credentials should include Au.D., “Doctor of Audiology,” or Ph.D., “Doctor of Philosophy.” Either one is fine. The difference is that the former completed a clinical degree, and the latter completed a research degree in a clinical setting.
Hearing aid dispensers can perform basic hearing tests in addition to selling and servicing hearing aids, however they lack the range of services and expertise that audiologists offer. Audiologists have extensive education that they bring to their practice. What’s more, audiologists offer more than technology recommendations, as many specialize in a range of areas such as device adjustment, prescription, fitting, and more.
What Do They Do?
Doctoral-level audiologists have undergone extensive training, making them qualified to provide comprehensive hearing care, administer hearing evaluations, balance tests, and rehabilitate hearing loss. They perform diagnostic tests to determine the type of hearing loss a person suffers from. After that, they discuss a plan with the patient regarding the type of device that is best for the individual and provide fitting and servicing of hearing aids. Audiologists make recommendations for a variety of hearing technology options. Hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and a combination of hearing solutions are all suggested.
Audiologists provide information, counseling, and training about hearing loss prevention, as well as auditory exercises to maintain or improve hearing. They’ll adjust current hearing aids if the person isn’t hearing properly, or they’ll suggest a new one to support hearing. They ensure the device is a good and proper fit, and they can recommend aids for any budget.
Audiologists offer hearing and auditory rehabilitation programs, are knowledgeable about the human auditory and vestibular systems, and provide the important non-medical treatment options for hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders—including important issues vital to hearing and to the proper fit and adjustment of hearing aids.
Working with a doctoral-level audiologist at Associated Audiologists means working with an expert who takes a genuine interest in you. They’re ready to learn about your lifestyle in order to recommend the best hearing solution. They understand that each ear is unique, and each patient will require their own individual resolution. Audiologists build relationships with clients to understand their life needs and hearing challenges in order to recommend the right solution.
They keep up with advances in technology to provide the best fit for patients by working with manufacturers sourcing cutting-edge technology. Our audiologists work with dedicated staff who provide helpful services for any issues that arise and can recommend aids for every style and budget.
Recommendations from the Best
Maintenance, prevention, education, dealing with hearing loss—audiologists make the right recommendations for a solution that fits. See the doctoral-level professionals at Associated Audiologists for help in choosing the best hearing aid for your lifestyle and budget. The process of recommending hearing aids, fitting, verification, adjusting, maintaining, and providing necessary follow up is critical for long-term success.
Make sure you work with a well-qualified audiologist to get the satisfaction you deserve. It’s been shown that the overall satisfaction and performance with hearing aids is linked to working with an audiologist. This occurs best with a face-to-face personal relationship with a trusted professional.
Call or request an appointment with one of our doctoral-level audiologists and experience the difference we can make in your life.