No. This is a misnomer that has been perpetuated by Audiologists. Audiologists do not receive their training from medical schools that educate and train medical Doctors/Physicains. Thus an Audiologist that implies he or she is a medical Doctor is false. In general, an Audiologist receives a degree from a university or specialty school that offers Audiology training. Some Audiologists continue their education and obtain their Doctorate Degree or PHD if they wish to teach. If obtained an Audiologist, just like a college professor, can use the prefix doctor in front of their name. Again by no means does this designation mean a medical Doctor. Previous to 2012, many Audiologists who are practicing today entered professional Audiology training and obtained an Audiology Masters Degree after two years. A general college degree in any subject was needed to be accepted into Audiology training at a specialized school. Many Audiologists go into a clinical enviroment with hospitals and clinics where they assist Ear Nose and Throat Doctors.
What are Hearing Instrument Specialists/Practitioners?
Hearing Instrument Specialists/Practitioners have simular training requiements that focus directly on patient testing, prescribing, fitting, hearing aid aftercare and hearing aid repair. Most Hearing Practitioners have college degrees and receive training from specialty schools, manufacturer’s, private specialists and Internships. Hearing Instrument Specialists are required to be mentored or intern with a state approved professional for up to one year. Hearing Instument Specialists/Practitioners differ significantly from Audiologists as they do not focus on speech and language pathology, sign language, pediatric hearing or young adult hearing.
All practicing Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists/Practitioners are required to take and pass the Minnesota Licensing Exam. This comprehesive day long exam contains both written components and hands-on practical tests. The focus of these tests cover a myriad of topics such as state and federal regulations and how they pertain to the hearing aid industry. Would be licensees are also tested on their knowledg of ear anatomy, hearing loss symptoms, ear disease diagnosis, ENT referral procedures, hearing exam procedures and resulting data analysis, hearing aid selection and fitting, patient aftercare, identifing common hearing aid malfuctions, making ear mold impressions and once again all state and federal regualtions such as HIPPA. Applicants are required to have interned under a Minnesota Licensed Practitioner for up to six months or more before taking the test. If the exam is not passed applicants either Audiologists or Hearing Instrument Specialists/Practitioners are not allowed to practice in the State of Minnesota. Remedial tests are given from time to time.
Each year Hearing Instrument Specialists/Practitioners and Audiologists are both required by the State of Minnesota to obtain Certified Continuing Educational Course Credits prior to Minnesota License Renewal.
The main cause of hearing loss is something that comes to all of us – age. However, other possible causes can be – exposure to loud noises, hereditary, disease, illness, medication, and trauma to name a few. The most common form of hearing loss is called “Nerve Deafness”. This comes about as a result of the auditory nerves in the inner ear being unable to transmit their signals to the brain.
It is estimated there will be over 35 million people wearing hearing aid over the next 10 years. As baby boomers have reached retirement age hearing healthcare needs has increased significantly.
Yes you can, but it depends largely on the type of hearing loss. Conductive hearing losses can be helped by drugs or surgery, but only a small proportion are. The majority of Sensory Neural losses unfortunately cannot be helped in this way. Most people with hearing difficulties find that a professionally prescribed hearing aid will improve their hearing.
The first step is to have your hearing professionally and thoroughly tested by a Hearing Practitioner. This will determine whether you have a loss or not, and if so, what type and degree of loss exists. Today most people can be corrected by a hearing system, if that is the right course of action. If earwax is a contributing factor your ears should be irrigated.
It is important to remember that although hearing aids can make the best of your residual hearing, they cannot physically alter your natural hearing mechanism or return your hearing back to a normal state.
In its basic form a hearing aid is an electronic, battery operated digital device that amplifies sound. Every hearing aid contains a microphone that picks up sound signals and converts them into electrical signals. An amplifier then increases the loudness of the signal and the receiver then delivers the sound into the ear.
Hearing loss through the ageing process is referred to as presbycusis. Its symptoms are typically a gradual but progressive deterioration of one’s ability to hear and understand sounds. Hearing deteriorates over many years thus the person suffering the loss may come to adapt. It tends to be those closest to us (friends or relatives) who notice first, by having to repeat themselves or by having to ask for the TV to be turned down as it is too loud. If you think, or someone suggests that you may have a hearing loss, it is advisable to have it tested by a qualified Hearing Practitioner who will be able to give you advice on the best solution to meet your needs, and even if it means that you are not yet ready to wear a hearing aid.
This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions, and one of the most difficult to answer. There are hundreds of different types of hearing aids each giving different benefits and results. It is impossible to even hazard a guess at a price for a hearing aid unless the person with the hearing loss has undergone a thorough hearing assessment by a Hearing Practitioner. If hearing aids are the correct remedial action and only after discussion about the individual’s needs, requirements and lifestyle can this question be answered. You can be assured although that you price at Budget Hearing Centers will be significantly less money for more!
After carrying out a hearing assessment and discussing the various solutions available, a demonstration can be performed to give an insight to better hearing. Although this is a demonstration it is not the finished article as this has to be made to a particular prescription, molded, and programmed specifically for the individual. All hearing aids supplied by Budget Hearing Centers are provided with a 45 day money back guarantee, and in the unlikely event that you do not get any benefit from the hearing system supplied, you will be entitled to a refund
Unfortunately at this time we do not.
In most cases hearing loss can be helped through amplification, an assessment will determine whether this is the case or not and whether medical referral is required.
It can make sounds louder. Make speech easier to hear and understand in most situations. Help you hear certain pitches better, such as high pitched consonant sounds, Enable you to participate more fully in life’s activities.
Restore normal hearing. Deliver the ability to hear speech perfectly when distracting noises are present. Transform distorted sounds into clear sounds. Allow you to hear only the sounds that you want to hear
A hearing aid’s life expectancy is typically three to five years.
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Ask us about available financing. We understand that these are tough economic times. We work with three different companies that provide numerous finance programs and are committed to working with you to make your hearing solutions more accessible.
We offer a 45-day return policy for your hearing aids. You may receive a full refund or exchange your hearing aids for a different style or brand if need be.
Most hearing aid manufacturers offer a 12 to 36 month warranty on their hearing aids. Budget Hearing Centers offers the manufacturer’s warranty to patients along with the manufacturer’s free loss and damage insurance program. Ask your hearing practitioner for details.