Hearing is precious! When you struggle to hear words spoken by friends and family it can be quite frustrating. Tension, resentment, and feelings of helplessness are often experienced with untreated hearing loss. Over time it can chip away at your physical and emotional health, and rob you of your independence. It can also impact your employment, cultural participation, social activities, and financial stability.
Untreated hearing loss packs quite the punch, but you don’t need to suffer in silence.
Taking steps towards treating your hearing difficulties is a personal journey. There is no one size fits all for treatment — it needs individual care and attention. That’s why the most important step is seeking the right hearing professional.
You have many options available to you for finding your hearing solution. But with so many choices, it can be hard to decide what’s best for you. One of the paths you should consider is seeking the services of a regulated Audiologist.
Audiologists have Master’s and/or Doctorate level professional degrees. They are regulated by a government college and adhere to strict standards of practice. They provide diagnostic hearing assessments, tinnitus assessments, and many other comprehensive tests. Audiologists can also prescribe hearing aids if there is a need for them, saving you time and energy. In fact, only Audiologists and Physicians can prescribe hearing aids in Ontario.
Below are more significant reasons why seeking the services of an Audiologist is beneficial.
1) Audiologists are regulated
Audiologists are part of the Regulated Health Professions Act. Created in 1991, this act involved creating governing bodies, called colleges. These colleges are responsible for regulating the activities of health care professionals. The College of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of Ontario (CASPLO) regulates Audiologists. They ensure practice standards, code of ethics, quality assurance, and competence measurements are meet. When you seek the services of an Audiologist, you can trust you’ll receive a high quality of care. At Auburn & Mountain Hearing Centres, they have two regulated Doctors of Audiology-registered Audiologists on staff to ensure you always receive a high level of quality care.
2) Quality Hearing Care
CASLPO has developed a Quality Assurance Program that protects the public’s best interest. This ensures Audiologists apply current relevant knowledge and deliver competent, ethical services. When you seek the services of an Audiologist, your best interest is a priority. At Auburn & Mountain Hearing Centres, their philosophy is to always put patients first by providing the respect they deserve, and treating each patient with individual care and attention. This is why they have been an award-winning clinic for over seven years.
3) Scope of Practice
Audiologists have extensive training and education; with at least a Masters Degree level university training. Their scope of practice is large and comprehensive, with the ability to test hearing for all ages and legally prescribe hearing aids. Auburn & Mountain Hearing Centres have over 15 years of experience helping people of all ages in the community hear to their full potential.
In summary, seeking treatment for hearing loss is important. With treatment you can begin to regain your independence and improve you quality of life. But finding the right provider is essential to your success. You’ll want to find a provider you’re comfortable with and can trust. The knowledge, education, and expertise of your hearing professional will have a huge impact on your success. Carefully considering your options for hearing treatment is a good step in the right direction. If you’re thinking about getting a hearing test, consider seeking the services of a Doctor of Audiology-registered Audiologist at Auburn & Mountain Hearing Centres.