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Audiologist vs. Hearing Aid Specialist: Which One Should You Choose?

Should you see a Hearing Aid Specialist or an Audiologist to purchase hearing aids? My answer may surprise you!

Stephen Sherbin

By Stephen Sherbin

2 min read
If you're struggling with hearing loss or want to help a loved one who is, you might be wondering if you should visit an audiologist or a hearing aid specialist.
If your goal is to purchase and fit a hearing aid for yourself or a loved one, it's best to seek out a hearing aid specialist or a dispensing audiologist. These professionals are experts in hearing aid fittings and follow-up care, and they focus solely on keeping patients happy and having successful experiences.
Both groups of professionals receive continuing education credits to maintain their licensure and operate at a high level of competency.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a broad range of hearing care services, including balance testing, an audiologist might be a better fit for you. Audiologists typically have a wider range of services and can diagnose and treat a variety of hearing and balance-related conditions.
When choosing between an audiologist and a hearing aid specialist, it's important to consider their credentials, communication skills, and rapport with you. Ultimately, the choice depends on your specific goals and needs.
In summary, there are significant differences between audiologists and hearing aid specialists. Both groups of professionals operate at a high level of competency and receive continuing education credits to maintain their licensure. To make the best choice for your specific hearing needs, consider your goals and seek out a professional with the best credentials and communication skills that match your personality and needs.

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