Why Choose SWENT for Your Hearing Care Needs?
When you are in the market for hearing aids, finding a competent hearing healthcare provider should be your first step. A provider should not only be well-trained, but they should also be someone you trust and someone who understands your needs.
What types of providers are there and what are the differences between them?
Audiologists have either a Master’s (M.A./M.S.) or Doctorate (Au.D./Ph.D.) degree in audiology and have completed a clinical fellowship in the field. A Master of Audiology typically takes 2 years to complete, while a Doctorate in Audiology can take 4 to 6 years. Both types of audiologists are trained to evaluate both hearing and balance disorders as well as provide treatment through rehabilitation of the auditory system. Audiologists have the most professional training when it comes to fitting, adjusting, and verifying hearing aids. They must be licensed in the state in which they practice.
Hearing Instrument Specialists
Hearing Instrument Specialists (HIS) must have at least a high school diploma and have passed a certification exam to dispense hearing aids, although many specialists hold college degrees. Hearing Instrument Specialists must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.
How Do I Decide Where to Go?
Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists can be found in a variety of settings such as private practices, retail chains, hospitals, and ear, nose, and throat clinics. With so many choices it can be difficult to decide where to start.
A recent Consumer Reports article on hearing aids found that patient benefit and satisfaction was higher when hearing aids were purchased through a medical practice. Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists working at medical practices are able to coordinate with other professionals in their facility to ensure that you are getting the best possible medical care and support to help you become a successful hearing aid user.
At SWENT we pride ourselves in following a team-approach model of care. Our Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians are trained in medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the ear and screen for medical pathologies such as otosclerosis, vestibular schwannomas, ear infections, Meniere’s Disease, and cholesteotomas. Our physicians are then able to medically clear you for hearing aid use and monitor you closely if you do have a medical condition affecting your hearing or balance. Physicians also perform cerumen management, or the removal of ear wax, whenever necessary.
Our Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists are able to fit hearing aids appropriate for your loss and lifestyle and are committed to providing excellent follow-up care. Even our audiology staff is trained to provide support and triage for hearing aids. At SWENT you truly can get all of your hearing healthcare needs covered under one roof!