It’s estimated that 48 million Americans are experiencing some degree of hearing loss. Nevertheless, it can be quite difficult to find a reliable and reputable provider that adheres to best practices for evaluating your hearing health or treating hearing loss– especially if this is your first time seeking care.
One of our main goals at HearingLoss.com is to make it easy for you to find local hearing providers who excel at what they do and have put in the time and work to prove it. As part of this goal, we’ve created a directory of certified hearing professionals who follow audiological best practices to help you hear your best while also providing an exceptional patient experience along the way.
So what sets a HearingLoss.com-certified hearing professional apart from other hearing specialists? Here are the standards we expect our certified providers to uphold, as well as a quick overview of how you can find a certified hearing professional in your area.
Setting the Bar for Clinical and Patient Best Practices
When a hearing clinic applies for certification, we evaluate two distinct areas to decide whether they meet our expectations: clinical best practices (as outlined by the American Academy of Audiology) and patient best practices.
- Clinical best practices refer to the day-to-day protocols of how a healthcare facility operates, in particular how they diagnose and treat conditions. In terms of hearing care, we look closely at clinical aspects like patient consultations, hearing examinations, hearing aid fittings, and follow-ups to evaluate just how good of a job a facility is doing at improving patient health outcomes and promoting long-term hearing health.
- Patient best practices refer to the efforts that practices are administering to guarantee an exceptional patient experience. From how patients are treated when they walk in the door to how they’re communicated with over the course of their care, these practices should be optimized to ensure patient satisfaction and provide all individuals with the guidance they need to make informed decisions about their hearing health.
In considering both clinical and patient best practices, we aim to recognize hearing care facilities that are going above and beyond for the individuals in their care. By doing so, we hope to remove any guesswork that goes into finding a high-quality hearing professional, offering an easy-to-use directory that narrows down your search from the get-go.
Why a HearingLoss.com Certification Matters
When you or a loved one are experiencing a hearing issue, the last thing you want to do is waste time researching the countless hearing care practices in your area to determine which one you can trust.
In offering a directory of HearingLoss.com Certified providers, we hope to simplify the process of finding a best-in-class provider so that you can spend less time searching and more time getting the help that you need. Booking an appointment with a HearingLoss.com-certified professional provides you with instant peace of mind that a practice will offer great care in terms of both a personal touch and hearing loss treatment protocols.
A HearingLoss.com certification doesn’t just benefit you as the patient, it also benefits the hearing loss field as a whole. We’ve set out to further standardize the expectations for care that professionals should be providing. We also encourage practices to uphold these standards through regular evaluations and ongoing training initiatives.
Finding a Certified Hearing Professional
Your search for a HearingLoss.com Certified hearing care specialist starts right here. Head to our “find a hearing professional” page and type in your location to see who’s available in your area. Certified practices are highlighted in purple and have two check marks next to the practice name so they easily stand out.
Your Hearing Health is a Priority
As with any area of health, hearing care is all about prevention. Schedule a visit with a HearingLoss.com-certified professional for a hearing evaluation, and make it a regular part of your annual healthcare routine. A specialist will be able to identify problems at their earliest stages and can offer safe and effective treatment options that accurately address your needs at the time.
Ready to start your search? Check out our directory today and find a hearing care provider who checks off all of the right boxes when it comes to clinical and patient care.