Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

Hearing Care Professional

The First Step For A Hearing Concern

Why first seen by an audiologist might benefit you? 

It will save you time and money by avoiding bureaucratic process of diagnose.  Whoever you go to hearing test is the first thing needs to be done.  Because the profession is medically trained to diagnose hearing loss -the degree of the impairment and type- and recommended the right treatment solutions for each patient. They are also trained to treat functional disorders of hearing when it is not medically treatable. 

Audiologists may refer you to a general ENT, otologist, or neurotologist for medical or surgical options  or to your primary care physicians (PCP) for further differential diagnosis, depending on the findings. In this way, you might save time and resources during the process of diagnosing and planning a treatment plan.  Because all other professions would need results of hearing tests that assist them to diagnose.    

In most retail stores- including Costco, Sam's Club, etc. there is no audiologist but a hearing instrument specialist (HIS) or called by many names - that all referred as hearing care  professionals. They are certified and licensed to dispense hearing aids legally.  However, the requirement to be licensed in most states are very loose in their education requirement and a clinical training.  Many times their training is more focused on sales.  It is your choice to choose your hearing care professional wisely and we would recommend that your initial diagnose to be done by a medical profession not the sales personal.