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How To Choose The Right Alaska Audiology Professional
Hearing loss affects millions of Americans each year. In Alaska, up to 15% of our population suffers from hearing loss. There are many ways that hearing loss can occur. If it’s not genetic or hereditary there are things you can do to protect your hearing. Read: Protecting Hearing – 5 Steps There are also the common signs of hearing loss. Read: Hearing Loss – 5 Signs
Dr. Emily McMahan attended the University of Cincinnati where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009. She furthered her professional education by obtaining her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in Philadelphia in 2013. She did her residency in Anchorage and has been applying her expertise to her patients in the Pacific Northwest for several years. Whether you need Alaska audiology testing, hearing aids, or assistance with managing tinnitus in your daily lives, Dr. McMahan is qualified to assist you! More on Dr. Emily McMahan
Notably, Dr. Emily McMahan is currently the only Alaska Audiology Specialist whose clinic provides full service Tinnitus diagnoses and management.
Today Alaska Audiology Specialist and Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Emily McMahan shares three critical tips when choosing an audiologist.
Tip #1 Alaska Audiology
Look For Professional Credentials
As you research different audiology and hearing aid businesses, you’ll find a variety of titles following an audiologist’s name.
“These titles can appear confusing,” says Dr. McMahan, “But it’s important to understand what they represent.”
A Doctor of Audiology earns a doctorate in audiology from an accredited university. The audiologist’s title then becomes Au.D. or Doctor of Audiology.
This degree represents the highest level of education an audiologist can receive. Dr. McMahan holds this degree.
You may also see M.S. or M.A. in a provider’s title. Audiologists with these titles have earned a master’s degree in audiology and have completed extensive academic and hands-on training.
The other common title is CCC-A, which represents Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. A hearing specialist with this title is certified to perform audiology services. Dr. McMahan holds this certification.
“Education and training matters,” McMahan concludes. “Don’t settle for a hearing test and hearing aid provider who doesn’t have strong credentials. Instead, seek board-certified, licensed audiologists who are best equipped to provide excellent advice, diagnostic training and service.”
Tip #2 Alaska Audiology
Expect Outstanding Customer Service
An audiologist can have lots of training and degrees. But if he or she doesn’t listen closely to your needs and provide excellent and ongoing service, you’re not receiving the care you deserve or should demand.
Talk to friends and seek recommendations from people who have used the services of a local Alaska audiologist. It’s often the best way to assess how you will be treated during and after your hearing tests.
“The voice of the customer speaks loudly to our hearing aid patients,” adds McMahan. “Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center actively seeks feedback from our customers and patients, then publishes their comments. It helps us understand if we are meeting or exceeding their expectations. And it helps our customers choose the best Alaska audiologists and hearing aid business that can help them effectively cope with hearing loss.”
Look for practice reviews and hearing aid customer testimonials on Google or on the audiology websites. It’s a great way to gain insight into the way audiology companies work and find a great audiologist.
If you are an Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center customer and haven’t left your review you can do that HERE We can’t wait to hear what your experience was like and how we impacted your quality of life.
Tip #3 Alaska Audiology
Shop For The Right Hearing Aid Provider
“A wide range of hearing aids can meet the unique needs—and budgets—of patients,” says Dr. McMahan. “But choosing the right Alaska audiology specialist is critical.”
Unlike many Alaska hearing aid businesses, Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center employs both hearing instrument specialists and audiologists. Dr. McMahan provides all services in-house and under one roof. That way you can get your hearing evaluated and diagnosed and then get the hearing aid or assisted listening device as wells as all the adjustments in one place.
“Audiologists are expert at helping diagnose and treat hearing loss,” McMahan continues. “They work side-by-side with a certified hearing instrument specialist to identify the right hearing aid for each patient.”
Often, the audiologist will perform hearing tests and define the treatment plan. Then, a certified hearing instrument specialist will work with the patient to fit and fine-tune the hearing aid to match each patient’s hearing needs.
Rest assured, that if you are a Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center customer that you will get the highest level of competency that you would expect from an Alaska Audiology Specialist. The best though, is that you don’t have to go to multiple locations and appointments to enhance your quality of life.