Michele DiStefano, Director of Audiology Services
As we celebrate Audiology Awareness Month, let's take a moment to consider the role of an audiologist and the qualities you should look for when choosing one.
What does a licensed audiologist do?
Tests - Conducts complete audiological evaluations—including testing your hearing acuity for different pitches, assessing your clarity and discrimination of words, and testing the health of your middle ear system and auditory system.
Refers - Assesses your need for medical intervention by an otologist (ear doctor).
Treats - Guides you to the most appropriate treatment for your hearing loss. This could include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, rehabilitation classes, or speechreading classes.
What should you look for in an audiologist?
State licensed and accredited by a credentialing organization such as AAA or ASHA
Holds a minimum of a master’s degree, although most audiologist will hold a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree
Exhibits patience, empathy, and good listening skills
Demonstrates an understanding of and keeps up to date with appropriate technology—not only hearing aids but assistive devices, cell phones, and apps available to help you day to day
Works with several hearing aid manufacturers and assistive listening devices
Does not have ‘selling’ you something as their goal (i.e., isn’t pushy)
Demonstrates hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices at your appointment
Adheres to state regulations regarding hearing aid trial period
The bottom line is that your audiologist is here to support and guide you in your hearing journey. They're not only committed to helping you hear better, but also to to enhancing your well-being and quality of life.
Happy Audiology Awareness Month!