Have you noticed some differences lately in how your mother or father have been responding to you? If you have a loved one who has been experiencing problems following conversations, or enjoying entertainment like music or TV, they could be experiencing a loss of hearing.
The first step in finding out if there truly is a hearing loss is making an appointment with a qualified audiologist. However, like trying to find a primary care physician or a quality dentist, this can be a bit of a daunting task, especially if it’s on the behalf of your parents or a close friend. Making sure you have found the right audiologist for their needs is an important part of helping them maintain good hearing health.
If you are not sure where to begin your search, HearingPlanet can help. Our experienced hearing care specialists can refer you to licensed audiologists in your area. To learn more about audiologists and set up an appointment, call us today at 1-800-432-7669.
What to Look For in an Audiologist
A skilled audiologist can be a very useful ally as you help your friend or loved one work to combat hearing loss. Choosing the wrong audiologist, on the other hand, can create many frustrating and potentially expensive problems. Here are some valuable traits to look for in an audiologist:
Good Qualifications -- Don't be nervous about asking where your audiologist got his or her degree, or how long he or she has been in business. You want someone who is educated and experienced.
Personalized Services -- Finding and getting adjusted to a new hearing aid takes time, and you will probably have many questions. You need an audiologist who is willing to work with you, taking your unique circumstances into account.
Recommendations -- Word of mouth from people who have used a service is one of the most reliable ways to learn about it, and while finding a trustworthy lawn care team is not nearly as crucial as finding an audiologist you’re comfortable with, the same principles apply. Ask your friends, coworkers, and family for referrals, or check online reviews to gain feedback from other hearing patients.
The most important factor on your journey to finding an audiologist is whether this person sets your loved one at ease. If Mom, Grandpa, or Aunt Betty is not comfortable with the explanations of procedures and tests to be performed, then you know you haven’t found the best fit yet.
If you would like any assistance finding a reliable audiologist, please email us, fill out our form to schedule an evaluation, or call 1-800-432-7669 to get connected with an audiologist in the HearingPlanet network of clinics near you.
For further tips on how to help your loved one as they go through this process, check out our article on building a support system for family members with hearing loss.