When you are experiencing hearing loss, the next steps can be a bit confusing and intimidating – where do you go for treatment? Looking for someone who specializes in that field can be daunting, but it really doesn't have to be.

First of all, an audiologist will best be used to help you in your hearing loss treatment journey by offering services through state-of-the -art equipment and protocols. They can also help you in finding what degree of hearing loss you have, and help find that there is a hearing aid device just right for your issue.

What the professionals say

When looking for just the right hearing health care provider, there are several things you need to check into first.

AARP weighed in on the issue, stating, “The majority of primary care doctors don’t regard hearing loss as a medical issue. About 70 percent don’t even include a simple hearing screening (consisting of a few questions and maybe snapping their fingers behind your ear) in an annual physical. You could ask an ear, nose and throat specialist, but that means making an appointment with one, which, if you simply have age-related hearing loss, is overkill. You don’t need such a specialist. You just need hearing amplification.”
Those are important things to remember, but also, the below tips can be helpful.

Tips to find the right audiologist

Check for referrals. Talk to friends and family who have visited an audiologist. Or visit your regular family doctor to see if he or she has an opinion or can advise you on who to see.

Check your insurance. Will you insurance provider pay for the visit and the equipment? Find out. There may be certain policies that require you go through testing and get a professional referral to an audiologist.

An audiologist who has been in business for more than 25 years might be the route you want to know. An audiologist with a long history will more than likely provide just the right service and care. Not saying that one who has not been in the business very long wouldn't do that – sometimes experience really does pay. Also look at an audiologist's resume and vitae.

You are not going to want to visit a doctor who is not in your area or convenient for you to travel too. Check around and see if there are specialists nearby. When little things happen – like a setting needing adjusted or a device needing cleaning, you want to be able to just run by.

Audiologists love what they do because they are able to help people hear. If you visit one who is more interested in getting you a product – well, think twice about staying. Hearing aids are expensive, but the product needs to help you hear. If it doesn't, then you are at the wrong hearing aid specialist's office.