Living with hearing loss is never easy. One of the many challenges those with hearing loss face is coming to terms with the fact that they even have hearing loss in the first place. Hearing loss rarely occurs over a short space of time. It takes place over the course of several years or even decades. While many of us experience it as a natural part of the aging process, there are still many who encounter hearing loss in their younger years. In many cases, the loss is so gradual and incremental that it is not even noticed until it has already become a problem.

All those miscommunications or misunderstandings at home and at work. All those times you found you had to strain to pick up a part of a conversation, all those times your neighbors came over to politely ask you to turn down the TV or your stereo – it all points to the unavoidable truth that hearing loss has started to impact upon your life. This can be a very worrying time and it’s important to know where you can turn. An audiologist can usually help you to find an appropriate solution to your hearing problems, but knowing how to find one and knowing what to look for can be tricky.

Knowing what to look for in an audiologist

Finding an audiologist isn’t difficult, especially if you know what you want out of the professional. When researching an audiologist online try to find out:

  • What qualifications and experience they have?
  • What is their aftercare policy?
  • What does their patient feedback say about them?
  • Do they seem caring, helpful, courteous and compassionate?
  • Do they have a sponsored brand or are they free to make their own recommendations?

Search locally

Your first port of call may be to search your local directory for an audiologist’s practice near you. Using your favorite search engine, simply type in ‘audiologist’ and ‘your city’ and peruse the results. Make sure to look for an audiologist that is conveniently located to you and offers the services you need.

Talk to your doctor

Your primary care physician is always a good port of call if you are unsure where to begin looking. After all, nobody knows your body better (medically speaking). While your doctor may not be an audiologist themselves, they are usually well positioned to be able to recommend a professional that is right for you, based upon the nature of your hearing loss, previous medical history and personal preferences.

Your doctor will likely ask you some preliminary questions about the nature of your hearing loss, symptoms you experience and for how long you have noticed them. These questions will be used to allow your doctor to refer you to an appropriate audiologist.

Once you’ve found the right audiologist for you, your path to clearer hearing can begin!