Selecting a Hearing Aid Provider
It is important to select an Audiologist who can determine whether you might have an underlying medical issue (such as a bacterial infection, impacted earwax, or a tumor in your ear) that is causing your hearing loss and refer you to a physician if necessary. Some people who notice they’re having difficulty hearing start with their doctor or an otolaryngologist – a board-certified doctor who specializes in ear, nose and throat problems – and then gets referred to an audiologist.
The audiologist will conduct a comprehensive case history interview and a hearing evaluation to assess your hearing health needs. They will then match those needs – which include your ability to understand speech, your listening needs, and more to make an appropriate hearing aid recommendation.
Both audiologists and hearing instrument specialists can evaluate your hearing needs and fit your hearing aids however their training can vary significantly.