Choosing the Right Audiologist for Your Needs
It can be a hard task to find and choose the right audiologist for the job when it comes to you and your hearing needs. So how do you know you are picking the right one for you and your needs? To simply answer the question – you have to do what feels right to you. Meaning you will know when it just “clicks” with the audiologist you are seeing. It is just like finding the right doctor for you and your general health needs.
Comfort and trust
First and foremost you need to find someone that you are comfortable with and who understands you and your hearing health needs. Being comfortable with your audiologist is important because you need to be able to open up to them when it comes to your needs, concerns and wants when it comes to your ears and your hearing specifically and in general. You need to be able to speak openly and freely with your audiologist and vice versa.
Location and hours
The second concern is accessibility. You need to ensure that the audiologist you choose is accessible when you need them to be. If they work the same hours that you do and you are unable to take time off of work when you need to for appointments the relationship may not work out for you. You need to find an audiologist that works hours that work for you. You also need to consider travel time, parking and building accessibility especially if you have mobility problems. Accessibility can honestly make or break the audiologist you choose to take care of you, your ears and your hearing.
Costs of service
The third concern may be costs. Check to see what any and all costs associated with appointments may be. You want to be sure you are prepared for any bill that may come to you after the appointment or in the mail so that you can pay it and be surprised. Also, check to see if they bill directly to insurance companies because if they do not that can cause quite a hassle on your end to make sure you fill out all of the forms properly and to also remember to send them in.
Background and credentials
Finally you may want to ask about their credentials. Such as: where did they go to school, do they specialize in a certain area of audiology, are they a member of the local audiology association? Ensuring you are seeing a trained and recognized audiologist is important not only for you, but for your hearing health as well.
Once you’ve found the right audiologist to evaluate your hearing health, schedule an appointment and make a list of any questions or concerns you may have for the first visit!