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How to Choose the Right Hearing Healthcare Provider



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    • How to Choose the Right Hearing Healthcare ProviderThe average American struggles seven to ten years withuntreated hearing loss before getting the help he or she needs.People often do not know who to turn to for help. They arehesitant to do anything about their hearing because they do notknow who to trust.The first step in seeking better hearing is to admit you may havea hearing problem. The second step is to have a thoroughhearing test.In the state of California, LicensedHearing Aid Dispensers test hearing forthe purpose of fitting hearing aids. Thistesting is not considered a medicalevaluation. Should your case history oryour initial, hearing test indicate amedical problem, you should immediately be referred to a doctorfor medical attention.The hearing test is usually done as a complimentary service withno charge to the client. Hearing aids are typically fit through a“retail model” of dispensing.Audiologists, on the other hand, are extensively trained fordiagnostic testing. Many but not all audiologists hold two licenses- one for diagnostic testing and the other for the fitting of hearingaids. The price of this testing ranges from $95-$185, and hearingaids are usually fit through a “medical model” of dispensing.Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc.(530) 419-1256
    • Whether you choose to work with an audiologist or a licensedhearing aid dispenser, (I’ll refer to them both as HearingHealthcare Providers), the success of your hearing aid fittingrequires four essential ingredients:1) A motivated and informed client – that’s you!2) The right hearing aid technology3) A competent and caring provider4) Supportive familyIf one of these ingredients is missing or is even weak, itcompromises your fitting and therefore, your success in usinghearing aids. So let’s review each of these important ingredientsso that you can be informed!A Motivated and Informed client - No matter what type of hearingloss you have, you have to want to hear better and therefore, bewilling to go through an adjustment period. Learning to hearthrough amplification takes time. For most, this period lasts fourto six weeks but can take up to several months for some people.Your attitude and willingness make a tremendous difference inhow well you’ll adjust to hearing instruments.Learn all you can about hearing loss…especially your own specifichearing loss. Attend local seminars or classes, and read up onhearing loss in general. Talk to a friend you trust who likes theirhearing aids and ask them to recommend a Hearing HealthcareProvider.And, it’s a good rule of thumb to get at least two opinions beforeyou actually commit to investing in new hearing instruments.Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc.(530) 419-1256
    • The right hearing aid technology - Selecting the right hearing aidcircuit for your hearing loss is crucial. In the past, too manypeople have been fit with hearing aids that were matched to theirloss or lifestyle, making everything louder but not necessarilyclearer. Selecting the proper technology takes into account yourunique hearing loss, your lifestyle requirements and your budget.If a provider spends less than thirty minutes before they try tosell you hearing aids, you’re in the wrong place. That providerhas not taken the time to do a thorough hearing test or gatherthe information needed to recommend the right technology foryou. Unfortunately, this happens regularly in both the retail andmedical models of hearing aid fitting. If this happens to you, getanother opinion.Competent and caring provider -The person who fits your hearinginstruments must be competent in two areas: people skills andtechnical knowledge. It is important that the providerunderstands your problems and takes the time to learn about youand your needs. Be sure you feel comfortable with this personsince you will be working closely with them.Furthermore, the provider must demonstrate a high degree oftechnical expertise during the testing and follow-up care. Whenyou come in with a legitimate complaint about your new fitting,you want to feel confident that the provider will know what to doto help you. A successful fitting actually begins after the deliveryof new hearing instruments.Talking about providers, many people believe that they have tostay within their HMO when being fitted with hearing aids. Morethan ninety percent of people do not have a hearing aid benefit.Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc.(530) 419-1256
    • Therefore, you, have the freedom to choose who you work with.Get a least two opinions.Supportive Family - Hearing loss affects everyone in the family.That’s why it’s important for a family member to be presentduring the hearing test and even some of the follow-up visits.The more informed they are, the more successful you will be inwearing hearing aids.The most motivated client fit with the best technology by anextremely competent and caring hearing healthcare provider canfail miserably IF they do not have a supportive and informedfamily.Next month, you will receive helpful tips on how to choose theright Hearing Healthcare Provider for yourself. For More Information about Hearing Healthcare, Call Us (530) 419-1256 or visit Hearing Aid Center, Inc.(530) 419-1256