Your first visit with a hearing expert
What can you expect from a consultation with an audiologist, hearing aid dispenser or ENT specialist? You have probably wondered already what will happen during an expert consultation. In order to prepare you for your first visit and address any worries you might have, we would like to provide you with some important information to help you in this process.
You should schedule about an hour for your first visit. If you like, you may ask a relative or friend to accompany you. Many people feel more secure that way. A friendly face by your side is particularly helpful if there are communication issues.
HEARING AIDS DISPENSER
A professional trained to give advice, sell and adjust hearing aids. Based on the diagnosis, the hearing aid specialist determines the type and extent of the hearing loss. The hearing aid specialist assists the person with hearing loss in finding the right hearing aid for the individual needs of the person. In addition, the hearing aid specialist can give you advice about hearing protection.
Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor /ENT Specialist
ENT specialists diagnose and treat problems related to the ears, nose and throat. In most cases, the ENT specialist will diagnose hearing loss. In some regions, they are known as ENT surgeons or other common professional titles. Your primary care physician will be happy to give you the information you need.
An audiologist is a healthcare expert who focuses on all aspects of audiology, i.e. the science of hearing. An audiologist offers services in connection with preventing hearing loss, evaluation and rehabilitation, selection and fitting of hearing aids and other related issues such as communication or balance problems. The science of hearing loss in children is a separate field and this service is usually provided by specialist paediatric audiologists.