4 Ways to Find a Reputable Audiologist in Your Area
If you were asked how to find an audiologist, would you know how to answer? Based on surveys, many people would say they didn’t know, they’d ask their doctor or maybe they’d Google it. Unfortunately, some physicians don’t interact with audiologists, and internet searches don’t always turn up reliable sources. No wonder an increasing number of people are turning to do-it-yourself hearing tests or buying hearing aids online!
If you’re guilty of this, don’t feel bad – at least you’re acting to improve your hearing health. Still, for the best quality of hearing care, seeing an audiologist – a doctor of hearing – should be the first step when you start to notice signs of hearing loss.
With the number of audiologists declining in recent years, finding one in your area has become even more challenging than ever. If you’re currently looking for an audiologist, or just want to know how to find one in the future, here are some resources to help.
1. Contact the ear, nose and throat (ENT) department of a nearby university medical center
Universities that train audiologist and ENT doctors will have contact with alumni and a network of hearing health care professionals in the area. They may provide you with a list of credentialed audiologists nearest you, or even refer to you a university clinic used for training.
2. Contact the American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
If you’re more old-fashioned, give them a call. Otherwise, you can fill out a simple form on their website that will help you locate an audiologist by state, city, zip code, country and specialty.
3. Visit your local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
This is another reputable organization that can direct you to good audiologists and other resources. They also provide a number of informational pieces surrounding hearing health and ear issues.
4. Ask a friend with hearing aids.
There’s a good chance that anyone who wears hearing aids received their hearing evaluation from an audiologist. Talk with them about their experience and who they’d personally recommend (this eliminates the vetting process you might have to use for audiologists you don’t know).
Don’t be someone who can’t answer the question of where to find an audiologist – especially if you’re dealing with hearing loss. Use these resources to find the quality of care your hearing deserves.