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Cutting-edge Treatments for Ear Nose, Throat, and Allergy. Snoring/Sleep Apnea, Sinusitis/Balloon Sinuplasty,
Eustachian Tube Balloon-plasty, and Tinnitus relief.

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Respected Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians and Surgeons. Exceptional Skills.

Cutting-edge Treatments for Ear Nose, Throat, and Allergy. Snoring/Sleep Apnea, Sinusitis/Balloon Sinuplasty, Eustachian Tube Balloon-plasty, and Tinnitus relief.

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Annemarie Cox, Au.D., CCC-A | Why Did I Become an Audiologist?

Why did you choose to become an Audiologist?

I thank my mom for that! Being a field that I was totally unaware of as a high schooler, my mom suggested that I go to work with a friend of the family who was an Audiologist at a local hospital to learn more about it. She was 7 years older than me and was a new clinician then.  I followed her, as well as a seasoned Audiologist, for two days, and was completely engaged and interested right away. After some further research of my own into the field of Audiology, I decided to study this in college and never looked back.

I did an online hearing test, now what?

After completing an online hearing test, you should read the explanation provided about your results, and check to see if you are referred to a physician or audiologist for further evaluation. It is important to remember that an online hearing test will provide a basic measure of what you can hear but will not give any information on the cause of the hearing loss (such as commonly found wax and/or middle ear congestion) that may be medically managed. If you have any other symptoms besides difficulty hearing (such as ringing, pressure, pain, discharge, balance problems, etc.), it is recommended that you see a medical professional (Primary Care Provider, Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor, or Audiologist). If you take an online hearing test because of a sudden change in hearing, this can be time-sensitive! See a medical professional as soon as you can.

What is the difference between an Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Specialist?

Audiologists are the primary health care professionals who are specially trained in hearing loss and balance disorders for individuals ranging from birth to the elderly. They are required to earn a doctoral degree in Audiology in which they learn how to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage various types of hearing and balance disorders. They are also required to obtain a license to practice in their state, and complete continuing education every year to stay current.  Their training includes all aspects of good hearing care including, but not limited to:

  • hearing aids
  • assistive listening devices
  • Tinnitus
  • Hyperacusis
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Newborn Hearing Screenings

Audiologists are trained to make referrals when medical evaluation and management is required by a physician and can complete additional specialized testing to gain more information about one’s hearing loss.

Hearing Instrument Specialists are hearing care providers trained to evaluate basic types of hearing loss and complete hearing aid fittings. They obtain certification through the International Hearing Society, but this is not necessary in all states. Requirements to become a Hearing Instrument Specialist do vary by state and may include a high school diploma or two years of college, and a training period of typically 6 months-2 years. They do not diagnose hearing loss or other hearing disorders and are not trained in other audiological problems such as tinnitus, hyperacusis, auditory processing disorders, etc. Because they typically do not work in conjunction with physicians, medical evaluation and treatment may sometimes be overlooked when getting hearing aids.