Let’s not beat around the bush, when it comes to investing in hearing aids there are several options available to you.
You can visit an Audiologist, you can buy hearing aids off-the-shelf at your local Costco, or you can go to one of the many hearing aid dispensers dotted throughout the area.
The question is why should you choose an Audiologist?
Well, there are three key reasons:
1. Prioritize Your Health
The Simpsons always makes me laugh, they famously have two doctors: Dr. Hibbert, who is the trustworthy local doctor with a hilarious laugh, and Dr. Nick, who is known for offering cheap surgeries and always making mistakes.
It highlights the importance of choosing your health care provider because when it comes to something as critical as your health, you want to be cared for by the absolute best option available to you.
For your hearing health, you want to ensure that you’re cared for by a Doctor of Audiology (an Audiologist).
What’s the difference between an Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Specialist (a Hearing Aid Dispenser)?
An Audiologist completes a four-year medical degree and is trained to treat, diagnose and monitor disorders of the hearing and balance system. They must do a minimum of 350 hours patient care and 12 months full-time supervised clinical practicum.
Becoming a Hearing Instrument Specialist consists of a 12-week course, with a written and practical exam.
The big difference is that one focuses on your hearing health and one focuses on hearing aids. When it comes to caring for your hearing health, there’s only one option.
2. Health Care Partner for Life
We don’t just want to ‘sell’ you a hearing aid. When you work with an Audiologist, our focus is on your hearing health.
We understand your unique circumstances, we build a long-term relationship and we prioritize healthy hearing. With numerous follow-up appointments and amendments to your devices, we work with you to ensure your hearing is always our priority.
Once you work with us, you’ll have your hearing health partner for life, as we work with you to maximize your hearing, care for your hearing health and be your ‘go to’ doctor if you ever have any concerns/problems.
3. Audiologists offer Specialized Advice
Improving your hearing isn’t as simple as fitting you with hearing aids and sending you on your way. It takes expertise and time to adapt your hearing aid to your unique hearing loss.
With numerous adjustments, after-care and your health as our priority, we can make recommendations and care for you as your experts.
We’re rarely the low cost option when it comes to treating your hearing loss, but we’re always the best option in the long-term. The phrase “you get what you pay for” has never been truer, with the level of service that you’ll receive from an Audiologist representing incredible value.
If you’re currently exploring your options and you would like to speak to us at Clarity Hearing to ask any questions, then we would love to help.
Simply click here to get in touch with any one of our four centers and we’ll arrange for you to speak to one of our Audiologists in Texas, so you can make the right decision for your hearing health.
Scott Marquardt is the owner of Clarity Hearing and a highly skilled audiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Marquardt earned a master’s degree in audiology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a doctorate from A.T. Still University. He is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He and the team offer comprehensive hearing healthcare services and specialize in the care of tinnitus, imbalance, and auditory processing disorders.