Differences Between Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists
When choosing a hearing healthcare provider, it is important to know the difference between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist. Audiologists are individuals who have received extensive graduate level university education (doctorate or master). Their education and training includes courses in anatomy, physiology, acoustics, diagnostics, audiologic rehabilitation, and hearing aids.
In contrast, a hearing instrument specialist is only required to have a high school diploma, pass a license exam, and complete an apprenticeship. Their scope of practice is limited to hearing evaluations and hearing aid fitting and sales.
Biggert’s Hearing Instruments, Inc. has three of the five local audiologists in Hendersonville. Because we staff audiologists, those who come to us for their hearing healthcare are not customers or clients, but patients. We reflect the model of patient-centered audiology rather than profit-oriented hearing aid sales that you will find at the “big box” stores such as Costco, Miracle Ear, Beltone, Accuquest, and Wal-Mart. Our fully staffed office also includes a hearing instrument specialist who serves as an audiological assistant and handles our walk-in clinic as well as numerous office management duties.
Before making an appointment concerning your hearing healthcare, be sure to check the individual’s credentials! Your hearing is important, and you deserve professional care!