Q. It’s time. My hearing has been getting worse for the past few years. Trying to hear people with masks on has pushed me over the edge. What steps should I take to get hearing aids? Do I have to go to my primary doctor first?
A. In Texas it is not necessary to visit with your primary doctor to get hearing aids. You are able to make an appointment with a hearing aid provider on your own without a referral from your doctor.
That said, your doctor’s office might suggest a specific ENT, audiologist or hearing aid center they are familiar with for you to consider. You can also find good information about these offices and their hearing aid services through a quick online search.
HealthyHearing.com is a U.S.-wide website that tracks reviews of doctors, audiologists and hearing aid centers that provide hearing aids. You can easily type in your zip code and scroll through the list of service providers near you. Then call one or two of them who have a multitude of good reviews to find out what services they provide during a new patient appointment. Make sure you can listen to hearing aids during your appointment and can try them out for a few days or a few weeks.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You will also listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so our patients can fully test new hearing aids before making a final purchase.