Choosing A Hearing Care Provider
If you have noticed an issue with your hearing then you need to make sure that you book an appointment with an audiologist. A hearing care provider such as this will not only be able to offer you treatment plans but also make sure that your issue is diagnosed correctly. This is important as depending on the cause of your condition, it might be possible to treat it completely which is fantastic news. But first, you need to make sure that you are choosing the right hearing care provider for your needs. How do you do this?
Will, expertise and training differ?
The answer to this question is tricky. You would think that all hearing care providers would need the same level of qualifications and training. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Hearing instrument specialists are a type of hearing care provider, but do not need the same level of training as an audiologist. Meanwhile, an audiologist requires a Master’s or Doctorate degree to enter the profession.
As such, they are the ones who you need to speak to if you require a diagnosis for a hearing condition that you might be suffering from. A HIS, while useful, cannot provide this level of treatment. Instead, they can only run tests to determine what type of hearing aids you require for a particular issue. With an audiologist, you will know you are being taken care of by an individual with the highest level of training and best qualifications. Of course, you’ll want more from your hearing care provider than expertise.
Comfort, care and consideration
You do need to think about the level of personal support and care that you will receive from your hearing care provider. Be aware that audiologists are trained to care and support a patient's emotional needs. Hearing issues can be more than sensory and may cause mental issues to develop as well. Stress, depression and anxiety are all common for those suffering from hearing loss. An audiologist should be able to handle these issues, providing the support that you require rather than just offering you hearing aids.
That said, even if you choose an audiologist, you will find that level of care and indeed compassion may differ from company to company. The best way to find out whether an audiologist will offer you the right level of emotional support is to make sure that you explore reviews. You’ll find reviews for audiologists online or even on their website. Generally, the easier it is to find reviews for a company, the more positive the experience is likely to be. However, it’s possible that you won’t be able to find any reviews and this will likely be the case if the provider is new to the market.
Another possibility for finding this information would be asking friends, family members and acquaintances about a service that they have used. Hearing issues are common in the adult population so it is likely someone that you know has visited a fantastic audiologist in your area. Of course, there are traits that make an audiologist a great choice for your needs.
You do need to make sure that it is easy to access an audiologist you choose as you will likely need to go see them for multiple appointments. There are different types of accessibility to consider. The first is making sure it’s easy to get to the office and there should be parking nearby. As well as this, make sure that you look at office hours too. You may need to think about going to your audiologist during work or school hours. If that’s the case, you need to make sure that their times suit your schedule. If you’re unsure where to find out information like this, check their website or call them up and ask.
You might also want to look for an audiologist that provides treatment and appointment outside the typical office hours. This could include the weekend and the evening which will make things a lot easier for you. Audiologist appointments can be more than an hour long. As such, you don’t want to be waiting for any longer than you need to. So, when you look at the different reviews, do check for evidence of punctuality. It’s important to find an audiologist that puts your needs first.
Are you struggling to find the right audiologist for you? Hearing Health Care is just a phone call away. Contact us at (843) 488-2717 for our Conway office, or (843) 497-6156 for our Myrtle Beach location.