If you were to wake up one morning, not able to see, what would you do? You would go to a doctor or eye specialist immediately and get yourself checked out. Your hearing is no different! If you find yourself saying “huh?” or “what?” all the time, it’s time to get your hearing checked. But by whom?

The short answer is: an audiologist or a hearing instruments provider. But not just any of them – you need someone who is licensed, board-certified, and has many years of experience. Far too often people settle for the first thing they find without looking into all their other options. In this page, you will learn more about what exactly is an audiologist and what they specialize in. Additionally, this page will help you determine if you need see an audiologist and what you should do when looking for one.

Can’t hear well? An audiologist can help!

Simply put, audiologists and hearing instruments providers are trained professionals who will assess your hearing loss and advise you on suitable devices to improve your quality of life. They can also help you deal with the symptoms of tinnitus or help you sort out that excessive earwax problem you have had for ages. The audiology profession requires extensive education and training to perform hearing evaluations on adults and children. An audiologist or a hearing instruments provider can conduct several tests to determine the degree of hearing loss you may be experiencing and help you in choosing the perfect hearing solution. There are many different types of hearing tests that can be conducted and they all aim to help the hearing professional get an overall idea of the level of hearing loss.

Audiologists and hearing instruments providers use different techniques to understand hearing loss, from exposing you to sounds at different frequencies to making you listen to different voices. Per research, people who have hearing loss find it difficult to understand a woman’s voice and therefore one of the tests conducted includes exposing people to different voices to understand the level of loss, or to see whether there is ear damage that might need to be treated.

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What makes a good audiologist/hearing instruments provider?

"True caring and concern for each customer and their overall situation.  Also continually improving my technical skills in understanding the newest technology choices and physical fits.  Always looking back and thinking, "What have I learned in the past 3 months in fitting the current product technologies?  What worked and didn't work?  What comments did the customers/patients have regarding the quality of hearing?  How can I use this information to move forward and improve outcomes?"  I have taken that approach for 30+ years!  I try to always fit each person so that no matter what level of technology they have purchased that I have given them an excellent value."

Jerry, hear.com partner provider in Cleveland, OH

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Great! But do I really need to see a hearing specialist?

The answer depends on how bad is your hearing. One of the best ways to know if it’s time to speak to an audiologist or a hearing instruments provider is to ask the people around you. Sometimes your loved ones will be the first ones to notice your hearing loss before you do. Here are some of the signs to look for when considering visiting an audiology professional:

  • People complain your TV volume is too loud
  • You have to ask people to repeat themselves constantly
  • You feel tired after a conversation
  • It’s difficult to hear in crowded and noisy rooms
  • You can hear but you have trouble understanding
  • Your loved ones keep telling you to check your hearing

If you can relate to any of the scenarios noted above, then you should do something about your current hearing situation. In fact, many studies show that untreated hearing loss is linked to Alzheimer’s and Dementia. So, don’t wait until it’s too late.

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What makes a good audiologist/hearing instruments provider?

• Understanding the patient’s needs

• Making the patient feel comfortable.

• Taking the time and not rushing the patient.

• Being respectful and courteous.

• Providing a recommendation based on their needs and not selling unnecessary devices and accessories.

• Not being pushy.

• Making themselves available to solve the patient’s issues

Olivia and Kurt, hear.com partner provider in Menlo Park, CA


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Can the Internet replace a real professional?

The Internet is a wonderful place. Everything you need to know about anything is at your fingertips – literally! If you are like most Americans, when your knee starts hurting or your stomach starts making funny noises, you grab your smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer, open Google, and begin searching the web for answers. The Internet can provide a general idea of all the possible causes for what you are experiencing. But most of us know that it can lead us down a path of despair when the symptoms, according to Google, may be signs of a much bigger problem. And the Internet offers the same diagnosis to everybody indiscriminately

In terms of hearing loss, the Internet is a good place to start looking for solutions. After all, you are reading about audiologists and audiology on the hear.com website. But it can’t stop there! You need to have a licensed hearing specialist examine your ears, check your hearing, and recommend a solution that meets your individual needs. You can’t get that kind of personalized service with audiology online. Online hearing tests can serve as a small glimpse into what your problem might be, but it can’t give you the full picture.

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What makes a good audiologist/hearing instruments provider?

"In my opinion, the most important things for any provider in any specialty are:

Being educated and staying current. Practices change over time as we learn more about better methods to use and learn more about the human body. There is a ton of research coming out every year about the auditory system, hearing loss, and tinnitus. Those who do not stay current are not taking best care of their patients.

Addressing the needs of the patient - which are not limited to the ear. A patient is a whole person, not just a pair of ears, and every provider must do a comprehensive assessment of the patient's needs in order to create a treatment plan that best helps to patient to be successful with the treatment we provide."

John, hear.com partner provider in New Brighton, MN

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A hearing specialist can make a world of difference in your hearing!

Once the audiologist or the provider is done performing an in-person, comprehensive hearing test on you, the next step is to go over your results (audiogram) and discuss your options. Keep in mind that only a qualified professional can recommend the right hearing aids. That means, purchasing any kind of amplification device from the Internet or a private seller may cost you more money in the end. Why? Because hearing aids need to be fitted and tailored according to your hearing loss, needs, preferences, and lifestyle – and only audiologists and hearing instruments providers are trained to do these things. A good set of hearing aids is nothing if you don’t have a good provider to fine tune them to your individual needs. Hearing aids are only as good as the professional who fits them.

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Audiologists and hearing experts you can trust

We hear you asking the question: why choose hear.com for a hearing instruments provider when you could call that specialist you found on Google? Because the in-depth and personalized care you receive at hear.com is not available anywhere else. We also provide our double-expert approach. This means you not only receive service from our knowledgeable partner professionals but also from our team of hearing experts.

Over 1,600 partner audiologists in our network!

At hear.com, you have access to the best audiologists in the country. We call them our Partner Providers. All of our Partners are screened and vetted to ensure you get the best hearing care in your area. Choosing the right audiologist shouldn’t have to be time consuming. A hear.com consultant will pair you with the right audiologist, so that you don’t have to look for one that might not be a good fit for you. With plenty of experience in this field, we know what to look for in a good audiology specialist.

The advantages of choosing a hear.com audiologist:

  • Offices all over the country, convenient locations in your area
  • Two experts by your side at all times: your hear.com hearing expert and the Partner Provider
  • 100% transparency throughout the entire process
  • Comprehensive hearing evaluation and hearing aid fitting with a board-certified audiologist
  • Test the latest hearing aids for 45 days with no risks
  • 100% money-back guarantee

hear.com: America’s #1 hearing aid provider

At hear.com, you have a hearing aid expert and one of the nation’s leading audiologist guiding you every step of the way. We will help you with your first hearing test appointment, your hearing aid fitting, and the adjustment period every first-time (or returning) hearing aid user experiences. We got all your hearing needs covered – from A to Z! Contact us today.