Deciding we may need help with our hearing can be a daunting prospect. However, it is vital to seek help from a professional, as untreated hearing loss can lead to a variety of other problems such as increased feelings of isolation, a higher risk of accidents and falling, depression, and, in some cases, it has even been linked to higher incidences of memory loss.
It is so important to seek professional help when it comes to looking after your hearing and the very best person for the job is an audiologist.
An audiologist is a qualified, licensed doctor who has trained over many years specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders and hearing loss. They are the only person qualified to provide you with a comprehensive service looking at both your hearing and your balance. For their doctoral qualification, audiologists attend a program that is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).
Hearing aid dispensers on the other hand can practice from the age of 18 and have a high school diploma as a minimum qualification. In some instances, there are requirements that hearing aid dispensers are licensed and have certification from the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences but this is not common practice across all states.
If your hearing loss is undiagnosed, then an audiologist is the only person qualified to diagnose and treat you. Furthermore, hearing aid dispensers cannot treat children and the testing they perform on adults is specifically tailored to test for hearing loss requiring a hearing aid. In contrast, an audiologist’s diagnostic testing is more complex, looking at speech understanding, hearing sensitivity, middle and inner ear function, and auditory nerve function. Hearing aid dispensers are useful given the right circumstance, for example, if you already have a clear diagnosis, but choosing to visit an audiologist is the start of a lifelong relationship where your hearing health will be monitored closely and you are diagnosed and treated very much on an individual basis. If you choose to head to Costco or a hearing aid dispenser, you will not receive this level of service or aftercare.
If you do feel like you are having trouble with your hearing, please do come and pay us a visit at Audicles. We pride ourselves on our customer service. With our highly qualified and skilled audiologists, you are guaranteed the best level of care and you will be provided with a personalised care plan, which looks not only at how to help you in the present day but we will also plan ahead for the future. Find out how to get in touch with us here.