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How to Choose the Right Hearing Healthcare Provider The average American struggles seven to ten years with untreated hearing loss before getting the help he or she needs. People often do not know who to turn to for help. They are hesitant to do anything about their hearing because they do not know who to trust. The first step in seeking better hearing is to admit you may have a hearing problem. The second step is to have a thorough hearing test. In the state of California, Licensed Hearing Aid Dispensers test hearing for the purpose of fitting hearing aids. This testing is not considered a medical evaluation. Should your case history or your initial, hearing test indicate a medical problem, you should immediately be referred to a doctor for medical attention. The hearing test is usually done as a complimentary service with no charge to the client. Hearing aids are typically fit through a “retail model” of dispensing. Audiologists, on the other hand, are extensively trained for diagnostic testing. Many but not all audiologists hold two licenses - one for diagnostic testing and the other for the fitting of hearing aids. The price of this testing ranges from $95-$185, and hearing aids are usually fit through a “medical model” of dispensing.

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Whether you choose to work with an audiologist or a licensed hearing aid dispenser, (I’ll refer to them both as Hearing Healthcare Providers), the success of your hearing aid fitting requires four essential ingredients: 1)

A motivated and informed client – that’s you!


The right hearing aid technology


A competent and caring provider


Supportive family

If one of these ingredients is missing or is even weak, it compromises your fitting and therefore, your success in using hearing aids. So let’s review each of these important ingredients so that you can be informed! A Motivated and Informed client - No matter what type of hearing loss you have, you have to want to hear better and therefore, be willing to go through an adjustment period. Learning to hear through amplification takes time. For most, this period lasts four to six weeks but can take up to several months for some people. Your attitude and willingness make a tremendous difference in how well you’ll adjust to hearing instruments. Learn all you can about hearing loss…especially your own specific hearing loss. Attend local seminars or classes, and read up on hearing loss in general. Talk to a friend you trust who likes their hearing aids and ask them to recommend a Hearing Healthcare Provider. And, it’s a good rule of thumb to get at least two opinions before you actually commit to investing in new hearing instruments.

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The right hearing aid technology - Selecting the right hearing aid circuit for your hearing loss is crucial. In the past, too many people have been fit with hearing aids that were matched to their loss or lifestyle, making everything louder but not necessarily clearer. Selecting the proper technology takes into account your unique hearing loss, your lifestyle requirements and your budget. If a provider spends less than thirty minutes before they try to sell you hearing aids, you’re in the wrong place. That provider has not taken the time to do a thorough hearing test or gather the information needed to recommend the right technology for you. Unfortunately, this happens regularly in both the retail and medical models of hearing aid fitting. If this happens to you, get another opinion. Competent and caring provider -The person who fits your hearing instruments must be competent in two areas: people skills and technical knowledge. It is important that the provider understands your problems and takes the time to learn about you and your needs. Be sure you feel comfortable with this person since you will be working closely with them. Furthermore, the provider must demonstrate a high degree of technical expertise during the testing and follow-up care. When you come in with a legitimate complaint about your new fitting, you want to feel confident that the provider will know what to do to help you. A successful fitting actually begins after the delivery of new hearing instruments. Talking about providers, many people believe that they have to stay within their HMO when being fitted with hearing aids. More than ninety percent of people do not have a hearing aid benefit.

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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 present during the hearing test and even some of the follow-up visits. The more informed they are, the more successful you will be in wearing hearing aids. The most motivated client fit with the best technology by an extremely competent and caring hearing healthcare provider can fail miserably IF they do not have a supportive and informed family. Next month, you will receive helpful tips on how to choose the right Hearing Healthcare Provider for yourself.

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