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Why see a hearing aid specialist for a hearing exam or hearing aids?

The title alone says it all!
Hearing aid specialists SPECIALIZE in evaluating hearing to determine whether hearing aids may help, or another treatment option may be needed. In the latter case, they may have other options or refer you to a physician for further evaluation.

If hearing aids are appropriate, they will work with you to determine the right technology for you and a follow-up plan that will include strategies for success, making adjustments as you acclimate to your new hearing devices, and regular hearing aid checks to ensure they are working properly and clean.

Hearing Aid Specialists devote the time to learning about your day-to-day environment, hearing challenges, and hearing profile to determine a plan for improving your communication with friends, family, and colleagues. They are also typically more accessible in suburban and rural areas than other hearing care providers, and may provide services at satellite/community-based offices, assisted living facilities and/or even in your home – bringing care closer to you where you need it.

There’s no time to wait!
A 2022 study found that people with hearing loss wearing hearing devices performed 3% better on cognitive scores in the short term, and saw a 19% reduction in long term cognitive decline.1 Hearing loss has also been associated with isolation, depression, falls, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other healthcare conditions. Addressing your hearing loss is a step towards better healthcare and quality of living.

What other services do Hearing Aid Specialists provide?

A Hearing Aid Specialist, qualified through education, training and licensure, may:

  • administer hearing evaluations and hearing screenings
  • screen for conditions indicating the need for physician intervention
  • identify common types of hearing loss
  • recommend, dispense and adjust hearing aids
  • select the appropriate hearing aid technology
  • perform tests to confirm the fit and function of hearing aids
  • provide counseling to patients and their families to optimize success with hearing aids and communication
  • take ear mold impressions
  • repair and troubleshoot hearing aids
  • perform limited earwax removal
  • perform limited tinnitus management

Hearing aid specialists are qualified healthcare professionals.

They have completed an Apprenticeship program or hold an Associates’ Degree in hearing aid sciences, and generally must pass written and practical (hands on) examinations to assure competency and safe practices. To maintain their license, they are required to complete continuing education hours as required by their state/provincial jurisdiction. They are recognized in the U.S. by the U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Policy and Management, state Medicaid programs, and others to deliver hearing healthcare services to the public. They work with other healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and audiologists, to deliver integrated care.

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1. Yeo BSY, Song HJJMD, Toh EMS, et al. Association of Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants With Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Neurol. Published online December 05, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2022.4427