Developing an ongoing relationship with a local audiologist is just as important as finding a trusted primary care physician and dentist.
Audiologists are uniquely qualified health care professionals with a minimum of eight years of college education, culminating in the Doctor of Audiology degree. An audiologist has chosen a path of strenuous education to learn how to prevent, diagnose, manage and treat hearing and balance issues from birth through adulthood. Audiologists are educated not only in our physiology, but also on the technology of hearing devices and the science behind what hearing devices do for our hearing. That is why hearing aid manufacturers choose audiologists as the primary channel to deliver the latest technological advancements.
Direct mail, online advertisements and big box stores lure hearing solution-seeking individuals by offering deals on hearing aids, but patients need to be aware that the savings are generally achieved through offerings of inferior or outdated technology and most important of all, the lack of proper diagnostics and follow up care. While audiologists must meet ongoing continuing education requirements, other providers are not held up to the same esteem.
Hearing is one of our main senses and its preservation and restoration is critical to our quality of life. Trust your hearing care to a doctor of audiology. Credentials make all the difference.