Finding the Right Hearing Instrument Specialist
When you first notice problems with your auditory health, it’s important to find the right professional to assess your hearing loss and recommend the proper treatment. But this isn’t the end of your decision-making process. There’s a whole journey ahead of you yet! Sure, you know what challenges you are facing, and you may have an idea of what you now need to do to improve your auditory health. But if it has been recommended that you require a hearing aid, you are going to have to choose between a whole host of different styles, models, and features – some which will suit you down to a tee, others which could prove problematic for you in the long run.
To make the right decision and to have your hearing aids fitted properly, you’re going to want the advice of your hearing instrument specialist, as they are experts in providing the care and assistance you need to select the right device for your particular needs. But how can you make this decision and ensure that you find the best hearing instrument specialist possible? Here are a few factors to incorporate into your selection process!
Distance to the office
You can find the best hearing instrument specialist in the world, but if they’re on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean, they’re not really going to be of much use to you, are they? You need to be realistic in your search for professional help. Determine how far you are willing to travel to attend appointments with a hearing instrument specialist. Remember that this isn’t necessarily going to be a one-off trip. You may have to schedule a few different appointments in the beginning during the hearing aid selecting, fitting and adjustment process. You are then likely to have to go to relatively regular check-ups (generally once every six months) to ensure that your hearing aids are performing as they should and that they are being properly maintained. Once you’ve set yourself a distance you are comfortable with, you can start browsing your HIS options within that area.
Some of us have all of the time in the world on our hands. We could attend whatever appointment is first available. But for many individuals with a regular 9-5 job or those with kids, appointments can be relatively difficult to schedule without taking a personal day or acquiring a sitter for children. If you work from nine to five on weekdays, there’s not much use signing up with a hearing instrument specialist who only works nine to five on weekdays and who takes evenings and weekends off – you’d never be able to make it in to be seen. So, take a look at your potential candidates’ working or operating hours and compare this to your personal timetable. If they have available slots at times you can attend, you can move forward to the next step!
The right credentials
By now, you probably have about a handful of potential options. This is where you can start comparing different specialists to one another to determine who will best suit your needs. You need to find out who is going to offer you the best service! Start by checking out different specialists’ credentials. Are they sufficiently and properly qualified to conduct tests, sell hearing aids, and fit hearing aids? The more boxes they tick, the less third parties and other individuals you’ll have to collaborate with throughout the process. This will streamline things and see you fitted with the best hearing aid possible as soon as possible.
Finally, let’s focus on pricing. Now, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. So, if you find a budget service that charges a whole lot less than any other provider of the same service in the area, and they aren’t running a temporary special promotion, chances are that they might be offering a below par service. Instead, look for a reasonably priced professional. If you’re in doubt, you can always check their reviews and recommendations from existing clients. This will give you a better insight into their service and whether it really is offering great value for your money.
Finding the right specialist for your needs is essential to getting the treatment you deserve. You want to look for a professional that fits your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget needs, as well as someone you feel comfortable with. If you’d like to learn more about the hearing instrument specialists at Modern Hearing and how we can help you address your hearing loss, contact us at one of our convenient locations: