What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are health care providers who have professionally trained in the science of hearing, balance, and related disorders.
Audiologists provide diagnosis and treatment for hearing loss and other hearing-related conditions. Some audiologists specialize in different areas of hearing health, such as geriatric or pediatric hearing health, tinnitus, and balance disorders.
Audiologists are able to identify whether your hearing loss is connected to other medical issues, and they will be able to identify and make specific recommendations for treatment and medical specialists.
At the Hearing Center at Medical Center Clinic, our audiologists provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for hearing loss and other hearing-related conditions, as well as personalized care and attention. You may wonder why it is a better choice to seek evaluation and treatment from an audiologist – rather than a big box store or hearing aid dispensary. Here, we outline four reasons why you should choose an audiologist to treat your hearing health needs.
Professional Training Leads to Accurate Diagnosis
Employees at big box stores, hearing aid dispensaries, and licensed hearing aid dealers are all trained through their employer to find the right fit for your hearing loss, but they are not medical professionals. When treating hearing loss, the third most common medical condition in the US, wouldn’t you want a licensed medical professional at your side?
Audiologists are licensed health professionals, with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and/or Doctorate degree in Audiology. Audiologists have been professionally trained to diagnose, test, evaluate, and rehabilitate hearing. You will receive an accurate diagnosis and evaluation of your hearing abilities when your hearing exam is performed by a licensed professional.
Comprehensive Health Care & Comorbidities
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) notes that “hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications.”
Hearing loss, if left untreated, radiates to many different areas of our lives, whether they are medical or physical. Audiologists are trained to meet issues and minimize the negative impacts of hearing loss and related disorders through professional and personalized services. If the hearing loss is related to a different medical condition, audiologists are trained to identify this condition and make recommendations for other medical specialists to administer treatment.
Related medical issues are known as comorbidities. Comorbidities of hearing loss include increased risk of dementia, depression, anxiety, and links to cardiovascular disorders. Aside from the sense of hearing, the auditory system affects our balance and thus, untreated hearing loss may contribute to balance disorders. Hearing loss and tinnitus have also been linked to other medical conditions, involving the circulatory system or the musculo-skeletal system. This may signal high blood pressure or the use of ototoxic medication.
Whether or not you are aware of existing medical conditions, seeking evaluation from an audiologist ensures optimum health care and awareness of your current physical state.
Medical Benefits, Rather Than Profits
In 2009, The New York Times reported that “the technical leap is not the only reason for high prices. Traditionally, hearing aids have been sold through professionals who also fit and adjust the devices as part of the overall cost. The system, however, leaves room for plenty of inept or even greedy providers to take the reins.”
Audiologists are trained in evidenced-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Our audiologists have committed their work and practice to ensuring the best medical health for their patients – not the profits that big box sellers and dispensaries receive when selling a hearing instrument.
It is also important to keep in mind that your hearing will change over time. Hearing aids that function well now may need to be updated in a few years. Hearing aids are an excellent investment – and as you find yourself in need of updating your hearing aids, you can trust that our audiologists will recommend the best devices to meet your current needs.
Better Fit through Personalized Care
Hearing is a complicated issue that ties in many areas of your life. From your relationships to your employment, the sense of hearing plays a huge role in how we process and approach our days.
Audiologists are trained to fit and customize hearing aids to meet specific patient needs. They We provide personalized attention and care to all of our clients. Hearing aids are incredible pieces of technology and an incredible investment for anyone who has been living with untreated hearing loss – they open up a world of accessibility and help to reconnect you to the people and things you love.
If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing abilities, schedule an appointment with us at The Hearing Center today – and experience the difference of quality care with an audiologist!