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Expert Audiologist Tips:
Q1. What is the difference between a hearing aid dispenser and a Doctor of Audiology?
A1. A Doctor of Audiology has a doctorate-level degree in audiology and hearing science allowing us to evaluate and treat hearing loss. Doctors of Audiology don’t just work with hearing aids, we work with all areas of the auditory and vestibular systems and we can work with patients of all ages. A hearing aid dispenser is only required to have a high school diploma. Their scope of practice is to do a hearing test for the sole purpose of purchasing hearing aids. If there is any medical issue it is not in their scope of practice to diagnose or treat those issues.
Q2. What hearing aid manufacturer is the best?
A2. There are many manufacturers out there and many are comparable in their ability to do what you want them to do as a person wearing hearing aids. Each Doctor of Audiology has a manufacturer or two they prefer for many reasons. What is most important is not the manufacturer but rather that you are comfortable with your audiologist and their staff. You are paying for the services and expertise to make your experience successful, not the manufacturer. Working with a Doctor of Audiology who uses more than one company is a necessity. Not every manufacturer fits all hearing aid uses, so you need options.
Q3. What do I do for the tinnitus (ringing or other noises) in my ears?
A3. Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get relief from your symptoms. The first step is to have a complete audiological exam to see how your hearing is and the severity of your tinnitus. Recommendations and treatment options can be discussed after that.
Q4. Why would I see a Doctor of Audiology is I am dizzy?
A4. Your balance system and auditory system share the same space. We are able to evaluate your vestibular system through your auditory system. After a complete evaluation, which usually consists of a complete audiological evaluation and VNG, recommendations for treatment can be made.
Trivia Question: Fill in the blank. What is important when considering a hearing aid? What is most important is not the manufacturer but rather that you are comfortable with your _______ and their staff.