The Importance of Hearing Health Providers
As with a decline in eyesight, hearing loss can have a profoundly negative affect on one’s life. But unlike eyesight, hearing loss isn’t always evident. Because of this, no matter your age, regular hearing examinations by an audiologist are crucial.
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a healthcare professional with advanced training and education in hearing and balance disorders. Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of hearing disorders.
As a result of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, they are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, dispense hearing aids and refer patients for medical treatment regarding disorders of the ear and hearing.
Learn more about audiologists.
Other hearing health providers
General practitioners are of course available for hearing evaluations, but similar to audiologists, there are other professionals whose specialties are more focused on hearing health:
ENT physicians, or, otolaryngologists, are physicians that specialize in the treatment of individuals with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT). Like audiologists, they are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, tinnitus, and nerve pain.
Hearing Aid Dispensers, although not certified auditory specialists, are licensed hearing aid providers that are very familiar with hearing aid electronics, specifications, analysis, modifications, and the programming of hearing aids.