Most people with hearing loss can benefit greatly from hearing aids. Your audiologist can advise you if they are recommended for your hearing loss. Hearing aids alone may not be an instant answer to your hearing problems. They should be a part of a program of hearing rehabilitation that includes complete testing, careful counseling, construction and follow-up.
Today’s hearing aids are much more complex (and potentially useful) than in the past. They are designed to closely match a person’s hearing loss. To use them correctly requires a complete understanding of that loss. Such diagnosis is a specialty of audiologists.
Audiologists also specialize in counseling and rehabilitation. Expert counseling — before and after you obtain hearing aids — is vital to your success with hearing aids, as it takes time to adjust to amplification. Furthermore, there are many ways to improve the effectiveness of hearing aids. By choosing an audiologist as your hearing aid provider, you can work with an expert for testing, fitting and hearing rehabilitation guidance.