Admitting you have a hearing loss can be a confronting experience. This is why finding the right audiologist who can understand your needs and provide you with personalised solutions is so important.
Here are the key qualities you should be looking for in your audiologist:
Finding an audiologist that offers independent advice (ie isn’t aligned with a particular brand) is also important as it will ensure that you will receive the right product for your needs and budget.
In all health care professions experience is key. Your audiologist should be fully qualified, with practical in clinic experience. This will ensure you are more likely to receive a correct diagnosis.
An experienced audiologist is also more likely to put you at ease having helped people in similar situations in the past. With experience also comes knowledge and it is vital your audiologist has a thorough understanding of all hearing solutions on the market to get you the best results possible.
Good Product Knowledge
One in six Australians experience hearing loss and no two cases are exactly the same. An audiologist with good product knowledge will ensure that you receive the best treatment for your specific hearing loss.
Again independence is key here as independent audiologists will stock a variety of brands, meaning they can choose from the best value and top of the line products.
Your audiologist should clearly outline the pros and cons of the different products available to you so that you can make an informed decision.
Hearing aids can be expensive which is why you don’t want to be rushed through the process. It is important your audiologist is committed to testing you thoroughly to ensure you get the best hearing aid for your budget and condition. A great audiologist will take a personalised approach, offering generous appointment lengths and a superior follow up service. You should also be given a custom fit and tune to ensure your instrument is fit your specific needs.
There is no need to be nervous about your visit to an audiologist. Most people in the profession have a genuine desire to help people. Keeping your hearing in check is a positive step towards a better quality of life.
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