Curious about the difference in education, skills, and services between different types of hearing care professionals? This page is for you!
- Highly educated professionals with minimum of master’s degree
- Possess comprehensive knowledge of human auditory & vestibular systems
- Have extensive training in hearing, auditory processing, and habilitation options to improve hearing and understanding.
What they can offer:
- Comprehensive hearing tests
- Fitting, adjustment & maintenance of hearing aids
- Treatment for tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Hearing Instrument Practitioner:
- Recommend & fitting appropriate hearing aid technology
- Experienced in performing & evaluating basic hearing tests
- Physicians (M.D.’s or Doctors of Medicine) specializing in diagnosing & treating diseases of ears, nose, mouth, & throat
- Trained in both medicine & surgery
- Typically treat types of profound hearing loss that require pharmaceutical or surgical treatment, like a cochlear implant
- These types of hearing loss include loss by trauma, infection, or benign tumors in the ear
- Otolaryngologists often refer patients to an audiologist for prescription & fitting of hearing aids
Whichever type of specialist you decide to see for your hearing care needs, it is vital to select a professional you feel comfortable with.
Partner with a professional who:
- Listens to your feedback and takes the time to understand your unique needs
- Is fully certified & in good standing with their local & national licensing organizations
- Is open about what they can and cannot offer you
You deserve and we wish you—the best hearing care possible!