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What's the difference between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist?

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Samina Khan, MA

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Westborough

23 May 2016 - 20498 Views

One key difference between an audiologist and a “hearing aid specialist” is the minimum amount of education required. Audiologists must currently earn a professional degree (theDoctor of Audiology, or Au.D.) which typically involves 4 years of academic and clinical training in audiology, following a traditional 4-year bachelor’s degree. By contrast, very few educational requirements need to be met (they vary by state) before a non-audiologist can sell hearing aids; in fact, in many states, the minimum requirement is a high school diploma, passing a... Read more

I am looking to get hearing aids for my grandmother, but I was wondering, are there any traveling audiologists that will come to her? Or does she need to go to a audiologist’s office with a sound proof booth?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

14 October 2016 - 1108 Views

Great question. I think it largely depends on where you are and whether there are any audiologists that provide "home visits" or "home care" in your area. You have a couple of options. 1) Go to Google and search for "{your city} audiology home visits" or something similar. 2) You can also check out the Hearing Tracker listings in your area to see if anyone provides home visits. If you browse to your city and click on the "home-based care" filter on the left side of the screen, you should see audiologists who perform home visits pop up on the map. For... Read more

What are best practices in audiology?

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Cynthia Compton-Conley, PhD

Hearing Healthcare Provider

28 April 2016 - 1044 Views

Best practices are a set of professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing aid balance disorders.  They are determined following years of clnical and laboratory research.  For example, the American Academy of Audiology lists standards and guidlines here.  Best practices for the audiological management of adult hearing loss can be found here.   Finally, a consumer oriented article on best practices can be found here.

Who fits hearing aids?

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Kathryn Trolenberg, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Fredericksburg

23 April 2016 - 973 Views

Hearing aids are fit by licensed professionals, usually audiologists or hearing instrument specialists. An audiologist has typically completed 6-8 years of higher education and holds a Masters or Doctoral degree in Audiology. A hearing instrument specialist has typically completed licensure requirements as defined by the state in which they practice. Licensure requirements vary state to state and some states require audiologists have a dispensing license in addition to their audiology license, while other states include dispensing under their... Read more

How important is having my hearing aids fit in person versus buying over the internet?

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Megan Carter, AuD

Audiologist in Wenatchee

10 August 2017 - 430 Views

It is extremely important to have hearing aids fit in person versus buying over the internet! Hearing aids are custom fit for your ear and for your hearing. When a hearing aid is purchased from the manufacturer, it comes as a blank computer chip. The person fitting the hearing aid takes into account the size and shape of your ear canal as well as the slope and degree of your hearing loss to fit the hearing aid to each ear. There are also verification measures that allow the person fitting the hearing aid to verify the output of the hearing aid is set... Read more