The benefits of seeing an Independent Audiologist
Unlike some of the large retail hearing aid chains who offer “free” hearing tests as part of their marketing strategy, Independent Audiologists like Impact Hearing provide comprehensive clinical Audiological Assessments before making any recommendations.
Independent Audiologists have access to and prescribe ALL brands of hearing devices. This provides a choice to you, the customer and means that you are not limited to one brand of hearing aids. It also allows your Audiologist to select the absolute best hearing device to suit your needs and your budget.
If you ever need to replace your existing hearing aids, it means your Independent Audiologist can source and fit the exact same brand, without the stress of having to start all over again with a new brand. Your Independent Audiologist can also provide referrals to other specialists.
The large hearing retail chains are often owned by companies with close links to the hearing device industry. It is important to know that their “free” hearing assessments may not always be carried out by qualified professionals.
The difference between an Audiologist and an Audiometrist:
Audiologists are the experts in all aspects relating to hearing loss and must have completed at least the equivalent of an Australian university Masters-Level degree in Clinical Audiology.
Audiometrists are hearing care professionals who specialise in the assessment and management of hearing loss and must have undertaken at least the equivalent of an Australian Diploma-level Technical and Further Education (TAFE) vocational qualification in audiometry.
Audiologists are trained over a much broader spectrum than Audiometrists which means they can diagnose and treat hearing losses that are due to both physiological and neural disorders while treating a wide variety of hearing impairments.
If you are concerned about your hearing, you may wish to consult with an experienced Audiologist for a thorough clinical assessment.
Impact Hearing is independently owned and directed by Audiologist Dendra Cole who is a university-trained Audiologist with over 15 years professional and a lifetime of personal experience with hearing loss.