From enjoyable conversations with friends over coffee, to enjoying your favorite tunes orlistening as your grandkids describe their latest school project, your world is full of sound, and you don’t want to miss any of it. That’s why you want to ensure that you’re getting the best hearing care possible. Whether you’re concerned about hearing loss or you want to take precautions, the best possible thing you can do is see an audiologist.
Why an Audiologist?
You wouldn’t ask your doctor to change the oil in your car, nor would you ask a dentist to set a broken bone. Instead, you’d look to the experts to complete the tasks you trust them to complete. So why wouldn’t you look for an expert in the field of audiology—the science of hearing—to ensure you’re receiving the best possible care for your hearing?
Audiologists are the experts in this field, and they can help you get not only the care you need, but the care you want and expect from experts.
What Is an Audiologist?
You may not know much about audiologists, so you might ask how you know that they’re the experts in hearing care.
You can trust that audiologists have received extensive training and education in the areas of hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. After all, their advanced degrees require them to specialize in the diagnosis and non-medical treatment of these issues. After 2012, it became mandatory for practicing audiologists to hold a doctoral degree in audiology. Many may have also earned a postgraduate master’s degree prior to earning their doctorate.
How Do I Know I’m Seeing One?
As mentioned, audiologists are required to hold doctoral degrees in audiology if they want to practice. Look for the initials Au.D., “Doctor of Audiology,” or Ph.D., “Doctor of Philosophy,” after your practitioner’s name. Doctors using Au.D.have completed a clinical degree, while doctors using Ph.D. have completed research degrees, often in clinical settings.
What Do Audiologists Do?
Audiologistsgo through extensive training to earn their degrees. Their training allows them to provide comprehensive hearing care, including administering hearing evaluations and balance testsand even rehabilitating hearing loss in some cases.
Audiologists can use advanced diagnostic tests to determine the type of hearing loss you have. With that information in hand, they cannot only fit and service hearing aids, but they can also make recommendations for what type of device will help you the most. Whether it’s a hearing aid, an assistive listening device, or a combination of devices, audiologists have the expertise to help you make the best choice for you.
Education and Prevention
Audiologists don’t focus only on patients who have experienced hearing loss. They also provide patients with plenty of information, counseling, and training about hearing loss prevention, as well as auditory exercises to help maintain or improve hearing where possible. They can help you choose protective hearing devices to help maintain your hearing health.
In some cases, audiologists can also refer you to the appropriate medical doctor for a hearing-related problem, such as ear pain or recommendation for cochlear implant.
The Best Care Possible
Your hearing is precious to you, and audiologists can help you no matter what your concern or your needs. Whether it’s prevention and maintenance, education, or dealing with hearing loss, an audiologist can recommend a course of care that’s right for you or your loved ones.
Book a comprehensive hearing evaluation with one of our doctoral-level audiologists and hear the difference expert care can make.