Have you noticed that your hearing is not what it used to be? Perhaps you have recently found yourself struggling to hear in noisy settings or a family member has suggested a few times that you may have an issue with your hearing. There are so many health complications beyond ear issues that develop when hearing loss goes ignored, some physical and many emotional, so the best course of action is to seek treatment as soon as possible. But how do you know where to go to have your hearing tested. At Ascent Audiology, we understand that you have a choice so let’s explain why visiting a licensed audiologist is your ideal option.
Audiologist vs. A Hearing Aid Specialist or Dispenser
Audiologists are health care professionals who identify, assess and manage disorders of hearing, balance and other neural systems. There are many people who can sell you hearing aids, such as hearing aid specialists or hearing aid dispensers. However these professions do not require the same training as an audiologist.
To become an audiologist is required to have a doctoral degree – Doctor of Audiology. This type of degree takes four years of study, most often in combination with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. This means that an audiologist has specialized knowledge of hearing disorders when diagnosing your hearing ability. In comparison, a hearing aid specialist generally studies for two years to obtain an associates degree.
While this profession does know how to examine the ear and test for hearing disorders, they are not licensed medical professionals, like audiologists. An audiologist can understand how the entire auditory and vestibular system is linked to give you a more expert diagnosis and treatment. In comparison many hearing aid specialists are simply in the business of selling hearing aids
All Hearing Aids Aren’t Created Equal
Hearing aids are an investment in your hearing health. They amplify the specific sounds in which you struggle with so you can understand the people around you, enjoy ease in conversation and be more alert in the world. It takes a highly skilled audiologist to make sure that you have the best treatment for your hearing and that they are programmed precisely.
Often a hearing aid dispenser will sell you hearing aids even if they are not the most optimized choice in order for you to secede. Online retailers often attempt to capitalize on people who do understand the trade off in quality vs. price, by selling you an unreliable brand of hearing aid that won’t effectively treat your hearing as well as it could. If the price tag on a hearing aid seems “too good to be true”, it often is. Hearing aids require expert programming in order to deliver an individual listening experience tailored specifically for your individual hearing ability. Your audiologist will ensure that you can use the most reliable and effective hearing aids in your price range and for your lifestyle.
All Hearing Centers Aren’t Created Equal
Hearing loss is one of those things that should not be gambled with. While you can enjoy adequate vision care whether you invest in affordable or expensive glasses, this is because in most cases, you are paying more for style over function. In the case of hearing aids, the nuances in hearing, which quality hearing aids provide, make a huge difference.
At Ascent Audiology, we understand this, and make sure that you get the best hearing aids, for your specific needs. We will interview you about your lifestyle and hearing history to understand what type of hearing aids will help you to hear with the least amount of stress. Your audiologist will also be able to give you a full medical diagnosis of your ears and hearing, to ensure that there is not another issue, which could be complicating your hearing. A hearing clinic, at a big box store or online dealer can’t offer the same care and exam. This can cause issues with hearing to go missed or undiagnosed for years. They also can’t offer the essential adjustments, which an audiologist’s care includes.
Seeking Hearing Care that Lasts for Years
Often hearing aids need adjustments or changes, as you get used to your hearing aids, or your hearing slowly changes over the years. We are here to walk you through this process and to make sure that all your hearing needs are kept up to date and cared for. If you suspect you are having trouble hearing, seeking an audiologist will ensure you get the best care possible.