According to Consumer Health Reports, the suggested choice for hearing aid fitting is a medical office headed by an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat physician) who employs an audiologist to fit and dispense hearing aids. Unfortunately, the vast majority of hearing aids are sold by people who have very little training and education in the science of hearing.
Most national franchise stores do not train their dispensers in any way close to the four-year post-graduate degrees obtained by doctors of audiology like those at Waco ENT’s Physician Hearing Center. Going to someone who has had only a few days training in hearing aid sales will likely result in a less than satisfactory outcome. There are revolutionary products available, but these only function when the ear is medically healthy. Going to a physician-based audiologist allows for the patient to deal with whatever medical issues come up regarding hearing.
Patients should take care when selecting a provider for their hearing aids. Locally, there has been some significant turnover in hearing aid dispensers. Waco ENT has roots dating back to 1946. With three medical doctors working side by side with Physicians Hearing Center’s doctors of audiology, the practice offers stability and a solid commitment to the patient’s hearing health.
While the majority of hearing losses can be improved through the use of amplification devices, deciding to pursue better hearing with hearing aids should be done cautiously and with guidance from your audiologist. There are a number of factors which should be considered when choosing the appropriate hearing aid including lifestyle, activity level, social involvement, cosmetic appeal, and finances. Using information about these factors, your Physicians Hearing Center audiologist will be able to make appropriate recommendations to accomplish your goal of better hearing.