The Who and Where of Hearing Aid Buying.

There is no limit on where you can buy hearing aids in Lehi or Provo Utah. Soon you may even be able to order them off of your favorite website with guaranteed two-day shipping. But before you get too excited about the money you can save it is important to understand who and where you are buying your hearing aid from.

The Who to Get Hearing Aids From

There are two types of professionals that can help you with your hearing aid purchase: instrument specialists and audiologists.

A Provo or Lehi audiologist is a licensed and certified professional who has earned a master’s or doctoral degree in the field of audiology. They are certified and licensed to practice by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders, perform comprehensive hearing evaluations, fit hearing devices and counsel patients and their families on communication strategies.

Hearing Instrument Specialists are required to have only completed high school or, in some states, possess a two-year degree. In addition, they must pass a written and practical exam to earn a state license. They are trained solely in the interpretation of hearing assessment instrumentation, hearing device electronics and specifications and programming hearing aids.

As you can see, while a hearing instrument specialist is able to fit you for a hearing aid, an audiologist is able to identify, diagnose and treat any hearing disorder.

The Where to Get Hearing Aids

Another choice to make is where to buy your hearing aids. Big box retailers may seem like an appealing choice, as they boast low prices and no wait time. However, they neglect to mention their outdated options, one-size-fits-all process and lack of proper follow-up appointments, which are needed to make adjustments to the device.

Visiting Fyzical and meeting with one of our audiologists gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with an expert. First they will run tests to determine your type and degree of hearing loss. They will then use this information to create an individualized treatment plan. After all this they can help you choose the right hearing aid and fit it to meet your hearing needs. Follow-up visits will also be scheduled so your audiologist can make any changes to the programming of your hearing device, which assures you are hearing as well as possible.

Unlike big-box stores, audiology offices only carry the most up-to-date devices containing the newest technology and the widest variety of additional features.

Making the decision to finally get your hearing checked is hard; deciding to visit a Fyzical audiologist for all your hearing needs should not be.

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