Your hearing loss has become a major obstacle in your life. Perhaps it’s affecting your social life, your job, or your sense of wellbeing. You’ve managed to get by for as long as possible, but now it’s clear that you need hearing aids.
Yet you’ve reached a new fork in the road. Should you purchase your hearing aids from a hearing aid dispenser or an audiologist?
You may be surprised to learn that there is a big difference between the two. And there is lots to consider about what you want from your hearing health care provider.
When comparing both types of hearing health care providers, there are several factors to look at such as education and knowledge, and their main purpose or goal. In this blog, we’ll give you a better idea of what both providers can offer you so that you can make the right decision for yourself.
Hearing Aid Dispensers
Hearing aid dispensers might be a tempting option. Often conveniently located, their special offers may raise an eyebrow and get you running to their door. But once you’re inside, one thing is clear – they only want to sell you hearing aids for your current level of hearing loss.
That’s because hearing aid sales are their main goal and it’s what they’ve been trained to do. Hearing aid dispensers will have graduated from high school, will have trained alongside another hearing aid dispenser, and will have passed an exam.
They basically know how to perform a hearing test and prescribe hearing aids. They don’t have a medical background, so specific hearing issues or conditions will not be addressed or treated. Once you purchase your hearing aids, your relationship with them ends.
Audiologists have a doctorate degree. They will have completed eight years of post-high school education, studying everything they need to know about the complex inner workings of the ears and vestibular system.
They can treat a huge range of hearing ailments. They know how to diagnose and manage hearing and balance disorders, human anatomy and physiology, different types of hearing aids and cochlear implants, and so much more.
Meeting hearing aid sales quotas aren’t their priority. Your hearing health comprises of so much more than that. When you visit an audiologist, you begin a long-term relationship that ensures your hearing is healthy and performing at its peak performance – whether that’s today, next year, or five years down the line. No quick fixes, only long-term care and support. Your hearing health can gradually change over the years, so it’s important to be cared by someone who can address those changes and that you can entirely trust.
At All About Hearing, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. From your initial hearing test onwards, you can expect personalized service and care.
All About Hearing is Midland, Texas’s hearing care expert. We are committed to caring for your hearing and overall wellbeing, ensuring that you get the most out of life. To begin your journey to better hearing, phone us today at 432-689-2220.
Dr. Sally earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991 and a Master of Arts degree in 1994 at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2000 from the University of Florida. She became the first Doctor of Audiology in Midland and was among the first in the state when the requirements to practice Audiology changed from a Master’s Degree to a Doctorate. In 2011 she was recognized as Business Woman of the Year from the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.