Hearing care professionals

Finding a good hearing care professional is an important first step in managing hearing loss, but who are hearing care professionals and what do they do?  Hearing care professionals are specially and uniquely trained in the treatment of hearing and balance. Regardless of which type of hearing care professional you see, he or she can match you with the hearing aids that are appropriate for your hearing loss, and provide support to help you get the most from their use.

Choosing a professional

Hearing care professionals can be found in many different settings such as hospitals and hearing centers, hearing aid retailers, public and private schools and universities and in the various military industries. Finding the help and support of the right hearing care professional can make a profound difference in your hearing experience.
Receiver in ear at clinic | Resound hearing aids

Audiologist

An individual with a Master’s degree or doctorate degree in audiology. Audiologists identify, assess and treat disorders of the hearing and balance systems.  They can select, fit and dispense hearing aids and other related devices. They can also program cochlear implants, provide instruction, rehabilitation and counseling services to help communication.

Hearing aid specialist

An individual who is certified by the National Board of Certification in Hearing Aid Sciences to test for hearing loss, fit hearing aids and provide care and counseling to people with hearing loss.

Ear-Nose-Throat doctor (ENT)

Medical doctors who are board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. They specialize in diseases of the ear, nose and throat. An ENT is able to perform and supervise hearing and balance testing, as well as prescribe medications, perform surgery and select, fit and dispense hearing aids and other hearing devices.

What to expect during your first consultation

There’s an easy and painless way to figure out what is
going on with your hearing and how you can improve it - by visiting a hearing care professional and taking a test. Before the test begins, you will discuss the types of hearing situations that have become difficult for you. Then the hearing care professional will look into your ear to make sure there are no obstructions.
What to expect during your visit
Hearing care professional testing a patient's hearing.

Personalized hearing care

A hearing care professional gives you personalized hearing care, including:

  • testing for hearing loss
  • assisting you with selecting hearing aids
  • fitting hearing aids to your unique requirements
  • guiding you with all matters of hearing aid maintenance and support
Find a hearing care professional near you
ReSound hearing care fitting a patient with a ReSound hearing aid.