In today’s hearing healthcare world there are many choices for hearing providers. Statistical facts are that the national average for noticing “some” hearing loss to ultimately seeking treatment for the hearing loss is typically 5-7 years. When the decision is finally made to improve everyday communication and lifestyle with better hearing, it is then even more critical to have a positive outcome from the experience. Therefore, choosing the right hearing provider will always give you better satisfaction and benefit!
Audiologists are hearing healthcare professionals that have a Masters or Doctoral degree in the field of Audiology. They are state licensed and recognized by Medicare as the healthcare provider most proficient to diagnostically test and counsel on best communication and treatment options for most hearing losses. Audiologists collaborate with primary care physicians and ear, nose & throat specialists when medical and surgical intervention is necessary. Most work in medical, private practice or hospital settings.
Philosophically, Audiologists are trained to rehabilitate hearing loss. Our main goals are to provide and offer solutions to improve your hearing and improve your life. This is a very different mindset than just going to “buy a hearing aid”. It is important to feel comfortable with the counseling and recommendations provided by your Audiologist to understand what technology and solutions are best for you and your life-style.
By Soriya Estes, AuD