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How to Choose a Hearing Specialist

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If you are trying to decide what hearing specialist to see, that means you have already taken the first step to addressing your hearing loss. It can feel overwhelming to choose a hearing specialist, especially if you’ve never been to one before. Just like finding any other type of healthcare provider, word of mouth from friends or family can be a great way to find a hearing specialist. However, don’t worry if you don’t know anyone who has been to a hearing specialist. Here’s what you need to know in order to find a provider who is reliable, and who will help you.

There are two main types of hearing specialists:

  • Audiologists
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers or Hearing Instrument Specialists

Regardless of the type of hearing specialist you see, they are knowledgeable about your hearing and hearing aid technology. You want to be sure you choose someone who is going to be concerned with your overall health, and who isn’t just trying to sell you hearing aids. This is why it’s important to visit a trained specialist if you are looking to get hearing aids instead of getting them over-the-counter.

When choosing a hearing specialist it’s important to choose someone who is certified to test for hearing loss, is knowledgeable about hearing aids and the technology, and who you get along with. You want to choose a specialist who will help you through the selection process when deciding which hearing aids to buy as well as who will offer continued support during the adjustment period. After you receive your hearing aids, you should go in every 6 months to ensure your devices are working properly for you. You want to make sure the hearing specialist you see will be a good fit for you since you will be seeing them at least twice a year, sometimes more.

The best way to find a hearing specialist is through reviews. You can often find reviews from previous patients on their website, or EarQ.com. You can read through reviews on EarQ providers and select which one you believe would be the best fit for your needs and lifestyle.

A hearing specialist is someone you will continue to see annually for hearing check-ups and for regular maintenance and adjustments on your hearing aids. You want to make sure you get along with your hearing specialist and that they understand you. When deciding which professional to choose, consider the following factors.

  • Recommendations: If you’re not sure which hearing specialist to see, read some online reviews of the local providers in your area. Read what other people have said about that practice and see how reputable they are. If a hearing specialist has many positive reviews, they most likely are a trustworthy professional.
  • Treatment Options: It’s important to work with a hearing specialist who offers the right services for your needs. If you have profound hearing loss then you want to work with a specialist who will know which hearing aids will address those needs. If you have ringing in your ears, then you want to see a hearing specialist who has experience with tinnitus. Before choosing a hearing specialist, read through their services and what their specialties are to ensure they can properly help you. If you are unsure, you can always contact us.
  • Insurance Coverage: Finding a hearing specialist who accepts your insurance can save you money and help you to better afford hearing healthcare. Even though this is not the only factor to consider when looking for a reliable provider, it’s helpful to learn what kind of insurance policies your potential specialist works with.

Don’t let the many options of hearing specialists confuse you. EarQ can help you find a reliable, compassionate hearing specialist who genuinely wants to help you with your hearing. On EarQ.com you can browse creditable reviews, read about their specialties and education, and discover who can best help you. Get started by finding your local EarQ providers and schedule your appointment today.

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