Are you suspicious your hearing isn’t all that it could be?

If you suspect you’re suffering from hearing loss, then it’s important to get the problem checked out. By doing so, you reduce the risk of a whole host of associated consequences, including social isolation and dementia.

However, what if you are the first in your circle of friends and family to be troubled by hearing problems? When there’s no one you can ask to recommend a good audiologist, the task of finding one from scratch can seem daunting.

In an ideal world you want to track down a hearing healthcare professional you can trust, who understands your need, and has an extensive knowledge of the options available.

Of course all audiologists are professional in their approach. But sometimes you gel better with one person than another, and it’s helpful to have this at the back of your mind right from the first inquiry.

Let’s look at how to go about the search.

A list of clinics

If you live in a town or city, you may wish to draw up a list. You can do this by searching online or using directories such as the American Academy of Audiologists search page.

When using a search engine, simply type “Audiologist” and your location, to come up with a selection.

Having a list, now visit the websites of each clinic and consider the following:

  • Do any seem particularly appealing? Things to look for include clear information about the services provided and other useful details.
  • How long has the clinic been there? While there are many excellent new clinics, an established one must be doing something right.
  • Check out the testimonials on the website and cross-reference those with review sites such as Google Reviews or Yelp.

Consider details such as location and ease of parking. This may seem superficial, but it does matter because you may need several visits: for a hearing test, a fitting and adjustments. It’s also important that you aren’t put off from popping in to get minor maintenance on any hearing aid, because the clinic is a distance away.

Pop in and say “Hello”

Once you’ve narrowed the possibilities down, drop by the clinic. Take note of how you are greeted. Is the reception staff friendly and approachable? Do they take time to say “Hello” and offer help?

Good signs include having pen and paper handy on reception, so they can write things down if you don’t understand, plus written information so you can take your time to digest it at home.

You don’t have to stay long, but see how the visit made you feel and it’s a place you are comfortable.

Yes, it can seem daunting finding the right audiologist for you, for the first time, but it’s well worth the effort. Taking a little time at this stage, means you’re well on the way to better hearing.