4 Methods to Find the Right Audiologist
Are you new to the world of hearing loss? Is this the first time you have experienced signs of hearing loss and want to start looking for an audiologist? If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, you may feel completely bewildered. With the wide array of different professionals existing for the treatment of hearing loss, and the general lack of awareness surrounding this condition, it can become daunting to choose the right audiologist for your hearing loss.
Perhaps the most difficult stage is starting your search. Most people feel completely out of place since they don’t know where to start looking. This is often true if no one close to you has ever experienced hearing loss before or if you have recently moved to a new city or country. Luckily, we have some foolproof ways to help you start looking for the right audiologist.
Four ways to start your search
- The easiest way to start looking for an audiologist is to do it online. Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can get an entire list of audiologists to choose from. There are several very reliable sources of information available online. These include the website of the American Academy of Audiology and the Hearing Loss Association of America. Both provide online resources to help you start your search.
- Contacting the ENT (ear, nose and throat) department of your nearest university medical center can also be a great way to start your search. Most ENT specialists and their clinics will have a list of audiologists practicing in the medical center or nearby. Similarly, calling your state university to know if they have an audiology training program can be an excellent way to know if there is an audiology clinic, and an audiologist, in the vicinity.
- Experts state that perhaps the best way to start looking for an audiologist is to begin your search from your circle of friends and family. If someone you know already wears hearing aids or has developed hearing loss in the past, you can ask them for their personal experience with different audiologists in your city. Not only will this serve as a great referral, but it will also give you an idea of what kinds of hearing care professionals practice near you.
- If nothing else seems to work and you still feel that you don’t know where to start looking for an audiologist, simply go to your general physician or family doctor and ask them for a professional referral. Because you already have a trusting relationship with your primary care physician, you can rest assured they’ll recommend an audiologist who is the right fit for you.
Hearing loss can greatly impact your everyday life, from missing information during important work meetings to social isolation. Use the methods above to find an audiologist in your area and seek treatment for your hearing loss today!