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The list of hearing care outlets below are displayed in order of their proximity to you. As fitting and follow-up services will be supported by the dispensers for the entire life of the hearing instrument, it is important that your hearing instrument specialist is within close proximity in order to provide you with the necessary care, trouble-shooting capabilities and advise whenever the need arises
What is a hearing care professional?
Hearing care professional is a term for a person or medical group that can test your hearing, diagnose your hearing loss and any related conditions, as well as fit you for hearing aids and offer follow-up services. Some examples of hearing care professionals follow.
Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat Physician)
An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor is a medically trained professional who specializes in treating disorders of the ear. An ENT doctor can determine the cause of your hearing loss, check for any serious complications of which hearing loss may be a symptom and determine if hearing aids or other treatment options are suitable for you. Many ENTs employ an audiologist or hearing aid specialist for hearing aid fitting and rehabilitation.
An audiologist is a university trained professional who specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and management of hearing disorders and prescription of hearing aids. Audiologists may work in private practices, clinics, hospitals or schools. Audiologists can also identify problems related to hearing loss, such as issues with vertigo or balance, and recommend treatments in addition to hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Specialist
A hearing aid specialist is an experienced professional who also assesses, diagnoses, prescribes hearing aids and manages hearing disorders. Like audiologists, hearing aid specialists may work in private practices, clinics, hospitals, schools and in business that offers hearing aids to enhance communication.
Audiologists, hearing aid specialists and ENT doctor’s work closely together to manage people with hearing loss. If you are unsure of who each professional is, the best way to make sure is to ask.