How To Choose An Audiologist
Choosing an audiologist is a decision that directly impacts your overall well-being. Protecting your hearing health begins with finding a professional who understands your unique needs and provides continuous care. Here are seven key questions to consider when selecting an audiologist for yourself or your family.
- Who’ll be evaluating your hearing?
Understanding who’ll be evaluating your hearing and making recommendations is essential for continuity of care. Some clinics may rotate different professionals, leading to inconsistency in your treatment. Ensure you have a dedicated professional overseeing your hearing health and inquire about their education and experience.
- Who owns the audiology clinic?
Consider the ownership structure of the audiology clinic. Local ownership often means a more personalized approach to care. On the other hand, large chains and corporately owned clinics might prioritize profit margins over individualized care. Understanding ownership can influence recommendations, costs and the options . Learn more about our Alberta audiologist owned clinic.
- Will your insurance cover you?
Investigate whether your insurance requires services provided by a registered audiologist for reimbursement. Some third-party and private funders insist on the expertise of a qualified audiologist, ensuring you receive high-quality care and professional guidance.
- Will they fit your schedule?
Assess the availability and scheduling options of the audiologist. Understanding their working hours and whether the clinic operates full-time or part-time can impact your ability to book convenient appointments. Plus, consider the clinic’s location relative to your home and how difficult and time-consuming it would be to get there.
- Do they work with manufacturers?
Find out what manufacturers the clinic is associated with. If an audiology clinic is tied to a specific manufacturer, they may offer a limited range of hearing aid options. A broader selection of hearing aids and specialized skill-sets to fit all ages and types and degrees of hearing loss allows a customized approach to meet your unique preferences and needs.
- What’s the actual cost of their work?
Be wary of clinics offering “free assessments,” as they might compensate for it through inflated prices. Inquire about the total cost of the products and services to ensure transparency and avoid surprises when you get the bill.
- What do other clients say about them?
Before finalizing your choice, read customer reviews and testimonials to gain valuable insights into the experiences of others. Reviews provide a firsthand account of patient satisfaction, service quality and the overall atmosphere of the audiology clinic.
Find a reliable and dedicated team of Calgary
At Soundwave Hearing Care, our team of experienced and certified hearing health professionals is dedicated to your family’s hearing health. We provide pediatric hearing care and a wide range of hearing aid products. Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our Calgary audiologists. You can also visit a Soundwave audiology clinic in Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and High River.
All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.