Why See An Audiologist
When tasked with selecting a hearing aid and hearing healthcare provider can be a difficult to know whom to trust. If you have done any research, you have probably found that there are two licensed professionals that can sell and fit hearing aids–Hearing Aid Dispensers and Dispensing Doctors of Audiology. There is a large difference between these two individuals. The Hearing Aid Dispenser is not required to have a doctorate degree. The state of Arizona’s only educational requirement for a Hearing Aid Dispenser is a high school diploma. A Doctor of Audiology spends at least 8 years in school. This includes 4 years of undergraduate work and 4 years of post-graduate doctoral work at an accredited university specializing in the study the human auditory system from the ear to the brain, diagnostic and clinical procedures, hearing aid amplification and technology, auditory rehabilitation therapy and communication disorders. Additionally, Doctors of Audiology have internship requirements to work out in the field before they can graduate. These internships are in a variety of settings including but not limited to hospitals, schools, ENT practices, manufacturing, research and development labs, university settings and private practices.