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Choosing the Right Hearing Care Provider for You
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About DeafHear’s Hearing Aid ServiceSelecting the right Audiologist for You!

In Ireland there is no regulation of audiologists, and anyone can claim to be an audiologist. If you are going for a hearing assessment, make sure that you use only a professionally qualified audiologist. Only a properly trained audiologist can provide you with a safe and thorough hearing assessment that will identify not only if you have a hearing loss, but also possible causes of your hearing loss and if referral to an ENT Consultant is required.

So check that your audiologist is properly qualified, and ask if the audiologist is a member of a professional organisation, such as the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (ISHAA). A professionally trained audiologist has earned a Bachelor or Masters degree in audiology from an accredited university. At a minimum, your audiologist should be qualified to assess patients, measure hearing ability and prescribe hearing aids as well as give ongoing after care, support and service. Remember, all InclusicveHEARING audiologists are professionally qualified audiologists.

Some points to remember!

If you have a medical card, you are entitled to a free audiology service, including the fitting of hearing aids if you need them, from the HSE.

Try to find an audiologist who is genuinely interested in giving you the best advice. Can you get a recommendation from a friend or colleague?

Book an appointment, and try to bring a friend or relative with you for support! This can help avoid you being forced into making a rash decision!

Usually hearing tests are free, but be wary if the person testing your hearing is too pushy and focuses too much on simply trying to sell you a hearing aid.

Make sure that your audiologist has a good range of hearing aids available, so you can get the hearing aids best suited to your needs.

If you are purchasing hearing aids, expect to sign a written contract with clear terms and conditions. A free trial period should be at least 60 days from the day of fitting, and hearing aids should come with a minimum two year guarantee period.

Don’t be fooled by gimmicks – there is no such thing as a free lunch! Make sure you are dealing with a qualified audiologist - not a salesperson. You may feel a bit nervous getting your hearing tested: but it doesn’t take long and there is no pain involved!

You can also download DeafHear’s information leaflet:
‘Buying Hearing Aids - What you need to know’ by clicking here   Read More...