How To Decide Whether You’ll Need A Hearing Instrument Specialist, Otolaryngologist, Or Audiologist

If you require some form of hearing aid, you may struggle to understand just which professional you need to see. Some of the choices you have include a hearing instrument specialist, an audiologist and an otolaryngologist. Professionals are also employed both my medical centers and by independent clinics. The otolaryngologist will generally refer you to another professional, as their job is more to assess what is going on with you. As such, the only real choice you have to make is between a hearing instrument specialist and an audiologist. Generally speaking, private stores only work with hearing instrument specialists. Both the audiologist and the hearing aid specialist are capable of doing hearing evaluation and fitting the instrument. Their training, however, is very different. In order to be an audiologist, the professional must hold a relevant doctoral degree (this is generally the Au.D.), have passed a number of state tests, and have worked in clinical training for over 1,000 hours. Training for hearing aid specialists generally involves on the job training for between 6 months and 2 years, or a two year college degree. The do also have pass a license test in the majority of states. Some have also sought national certification.

When you arrive at a clinic, it is likely that you don’t know what sort of professional will be working with you. This also because most clinic will employ a range of different professionals. Interestingly, statistics have shown that 87% of people assume they are being seen by an audiologist. The truth is, however, that only around 50% of people are actually seen by an audiologist. The question therefore becomes whether it is of any importance who sees you, and whether you know. Sure, an audiologist is more trained, but the only real benefit they offer is that they can actually treat various auditory conditions that don’t actually need a hearing aid. When reviewing mistakes in the fitting of hearing aids, it appeared that audiologist and hearing instrument specialists all made the same mistakes. Both hearing aid specialists and audiologists find they are responsible for problems with amplification, which is the number one problem people with hearing aids experience.

Perhaps it is more important to look at the practical side of things therefore. To make a decision, it is better to check whether licenses are still fully current and to see what sort of Better Business Bureau rating the clinic received. You should also look into where the clinic is based and when it is open, and whether this is convenient for you. Another factor to take into consideration is whether or not the clinic offers walk-in repair services, which is far more convenient than having to make appointments and waiting for your turn. Try to find out whether or not the clinic has a hearing rehabilitation program and whether or not they have any support groups that you can help with. Everybody would like to know what sort of professional they work with, but the elements described here are actually a lot more important than a job title. What you should be most concerned about is how a professional will be able to treat you and your hearing problems. Hence, make sure you take your personal feelings of comfort and security into consideration as well. Considering the same professional is likely to work with you for a very long period of time, you have to be able to feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence as they are treating you.