Wouldn’t it be great if there were a “Good Housekeeping” Seal of approval for audiologists? In my latest post for Ida Institute, I describe what they hope will become the standard benchmark of quality for person-centered care in audiology. I share an excerpt from the piece below. To read the full article click here.
When my audiologist retired a year ago, I was devastated. We had invested a lot of time together to find the right programming for my hearing aids and had built a strong working relationship. She was caring, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. She understood my hearing challenges and partnered with me on my communication priorities. How could I replicate this positive dynamic with someone new?
As time passed, I felt more confident. I was no longer an inexperienced hearing aid wearer and knew what I required from an audiologist and how to ask for it. This included many of the components of person-centered care I highlighted in my recent blog series on this topic. I was looking for an audiologist who:
- Listens to my particular hearing needs and focuses my care around those.
- Runs a hearing loss friendly office with a receptionist I can understand.
- Champions new technologies in both hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
- Believes best practice communication tools are just as important as technology.
Finding the right person was still difficult. I checked online listings for audiologists in my area, but the metrics presented did not include person-centered care. I reached out to my local hearing loss friends, but many were not satisfied with the care they received and suggested I look elsewhere.
Important Characteristics For An Audiologist
The right audiologist is hard to find, and may not be the same for everyone. Each person has a distinct hearing journey, a unique set of communication challenges and their own hearing loss baggage. Comfort level with technology also likely varies. Consider the following factors in your search to help you find the audiologist that is perfect for you.
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