4 Things to Look for When Finding an Audiologist
Finding an audiologist can be a bit overwhelming. But finding the right one for you and your needs can feel difficult with so many options. Finding the right audiologist for you and your hearing needs can be very rewarding in the end. Here are four things to consider for when trying to find the right audiologist for you and your hearing loss needs.
- Credentials. It is important to look at the audiologist’s credentials. That is, where did they go to school and obtain their degree from? Where did they train? Are they a member of the local governing audiologist association? Knowing that the audiologist that you have chosen is properly educated and trained is very important because you want an expert caring for your auditory system.
- Location. The second most important thing to look at and for when selecting an audiologist is where they are located and is it convenient. Do they practice out of a private clinic, a hospital or both? It is important to note their location in relation to you. That is, are you able to get to their practice within their normal clinic hours? Which leads to hours of operation, what are their hours of operation and do they fit into your schedule? Accessibility to the clinic is also an important part to consider. Is there ample parking? Do you have to pay for parking? Is the building a walk up or does it have an elevator? Is it street accessible? Is there wheelchair or handicap accessibility? Consider all points when it comes to location and accessibility to the clinic and audiologist.
- Cost. Knowing the cost of all services and fees prior to your appointment is important. This will help to remove the sticker shock, if there is any, prior to the appointment. You will be able to budget accordingly and also be able to check with your insurance company to see what they cover. Also, check to see if there are any late fees or cancellation fees present with the clinic. You do not want to get an unexpected bill in the mail.
- Referrals. Finally talk to those around you, friends, family and other medical professionals, to see who they recommend. Recommendations are important and sometimes a referral is needed from a family doctor in order to book an appointment with an audiologist. So ask others for their opinions and do your research as well. Being informed is always important.
Finding an audiologist doesn’t have to feel like a stressful task. Consider the four suggestions above, in addition to any other concerns you might have, and select the right audiologist to treat your hearing health issues.