If you’ve been experiencing problems with your hearing, you may be wondering what to do about it. If you’re undecided about where to go for help, advice and treatment for your hearing issues, you’re not alone. There are plenty of people in the same boat living with untreated hearing health problems. The good news is, as Audiologists, we’re here to look after every aspect of your hearing health care.
In fact, we’re the only health care professionals out there trained to cover all aspects of your hearing health care. There are other services available that seem to be offering hearing health care, but they simply don’t offer the high standard, comprehensive level of service that a Doctor of Audiology does. With that in mind, it’s good to be picky about where you choose to go to for help with your hearing.
Who is most qualified to help?
Don’t let your hearing health suffer by booking an appointment with anyone other than an Audiologist. A “Hearing Instrument Specialist”, or “Hearing Aid Dispenser” exists to provide hearing aids, which is great when you have a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to match, but not as a stand-alone service. As Audiologists, we work with Hearing Instrument Specialists to make sure you get comprehensive help with your hearing aids.
However, at no point would we ask our Hearing Instrument Specialist to diagnose problems with your hearing. Why? Because they’re trained to fit hearing aids, service them and program them, but not to diagnose problems with your hearing health.
An Audiologist knows every aspect of hearing health and which treatments to prescribe. If you have a problem with your hearing, it’s an Audiologist you need to turn to.
The key is in the training
Audiologists train for years before they become a qualified doctor. This includes 4 years worth of training during their medical degree, 350 hours or more of patient care, and 12 months of supervised practical training.
The Acadian Hearing team
We’ve helped improve thousands of people’s hearing over the years here at Acadian Hearing and we know, first-hand, how improving your hearing health care can improve your quality of life in so many areas. We are proud to say that our reputation as local hearing care experts is well-known, as we are the state’s leading hearing & balance specialists.
Perhaps this is your first experience of an issue with your hearing. If so, why not get in touch with our Audiologists in Southwest Louisiana? We can help you figure out what’s going on with your hearing, treat the problem, give you support and advice, and generally make sure your hearing health is in good hands and under control.
Dr. Heidi J. Sorrells obtained her doctorate degree from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. She is a certified Audiologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and she holds a Louisiana and a Texas Audiology License. Dr. Sorrells enjoys all aspects of working in a private practice audiology clinic but especially loves the challenges of vestibular (balance) assessment and rehabilitation.