Kathleen Rocuant, AuD, our ABA Board Certified Doctor of Audiology is here to help. Dr. Rocuant has over 25 years of experience and is dedicated to providing the best for her patients. Proper hearing aid selection, fitting and programming requires education and experience. Don’t trust something as important to your hearing to just anyone!
Why do I need an audiologist for a successful hearing aid fitting?
Hearing aids are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be recommended and prescribed by licensed professionals. This standard is in place to protect the individual with hearing loss as not all individuals are candidates for amplification. Additionally, an improperly fit hearing aid or hearing aid sold online without a face-to-face evaluation with an audiologist can potentially cause various problems.
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a professional who evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss and balance disorders. The majority of hearing loss cannot be treated with medicines or surgery but can be treated by an audiologist with the use of hearing (re)habilitation (counseling, education, auditory training/exercises), hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices (products to use to enhance television viewing, phone amplifiers, etc.). Audiologists make medical referrals to a physician when appropriate (e.g., ear pain, drainage from the ear, sudden hearing loss, etc.).
Audiologists receive extensive education in hearing and balance disorders. Most audiologists have earned masters and/or doctoral degrees and you may see the initials Au.D., (Doctor of Audiology – clinical degree); Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy – research and/or clinical research degree); or Sc.D. (Doctor of science – usually a clinical degree) to designate advanced training.
Did You Know?…
This new treatment approach is successfully providing relief for many. We have personally seen the success of this device on our patients. We are excited to finally have something that really works for tinnitus sufferers.
Introducing the Oticon Intiga. If you want to keep your active life in spite of a change in your hearing, Intiga offers two of the most innovative solutions on the market today. Choose the invisible Intiga – it fits deep inside your ear canal, so it’s ideal for your busy life. Or for exceptionally high performance, opt for the ultra sleek Intiga that tucks right behind your ear. Both help you differentiate sounds better and hear more naturally.
So you’re free to enjoy all that life has to offer