What is an Audiologist?
Audiology is defined as the branch of science and medicine concerned with the sense of hearing. More specifically, audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. You can learn more about the specific duties of an audiologist here.
When should I see an audiologist?
If you are under the suspicion that you may be suffering hearing loss or have already gotten a screening and are showing signs of hearing loss, you may be advised to see an audiologist. Some early signs you may have hearing loss are: you’re struggling to understand conversations; you’re missing sounds in busy places; you have a ringing sound (tinnitus) in your ears. These are all red flags that should prompt you to set up an appointment with an audiologist near you.
How do I choose an Audiologist?
There are several factors that go into finding the best audiologist for you. Consider some of these ways of doing research before selecting one:
- First, ask your primary care physician for a referral. They will most likely be able to refer you to someone they know that will provide you with great service. Next, check with your insurance provider. Some insurance providers require that you get a professional referral to an audiologist to cover the services.
- If you’re still unsure who you should go see, a good rule of thumb is to consider a practice with several years of service under their belt. If an office has been in business for several years, it is more likely provide excellent service and care.
- We would also recommend doing some research on the practice as well. In this day and age, reviews of a practice are absolutely critical to look into prior to choosing an audiologist in your area. Think about it, you get to hear directly from people who have already experienced their level of patient care and competence.
- You can also look at each professional’s biography to determine their level of education and time spent in the industry. Professional credentials like Au.D., M.S., M.A., BC-HIS and CCC-A can give greater insight about the training that they have had in their career.
If you’re currently reviewing your options for a Cedar Park audiologist and decided that Cook Hearing and Balance is for you, give us a call at (512) 271-6525 or fill out a contact form. Most importantly of all though, make sure to do you due diligence when researching the best audiologist for you!