If you’re in need of an audiologist due to recent hearing loss, or your current audiologist is no longer good for you, try to rely on recommendations to find one. Recommendations can come from friends and family but they can also come from online reviews and social media. However, wading through online comments can be quite overwhelming. Here is a list of characteristic keywords you should look for that will help define what makes a good audiologist.
1. People skills
Not only are audiologists medical professionals in charge of your hearing health, they are also people that you need to put your trust into. Audiologists should be able to connect with you on a human level. They should be active listeners who allow you to voice your concerns and ask your questions. Audiologists should be empathetic as well as sympathetic. They should try their best to understand your feelings, even if they have never experienced hearing loss themselves.
2. Good communication
Audiologists need to have good communication because while they may be medical experts well versed in all things hearing related, chances are that you are not. Good communication means that audiologists can take complex medical issues and break them down so that you understand them. Issues shouldn’t be oversimplified because that can be misconstrued as you being ignorant. Instead, audiologists who have good communication skills explain concepts while constantly checking your understanding before moving on to the next topic.
Good communication is also especially important if you have a child that needs to see an audiologist. Children often need to be spoken to differently than adults do, and this ranges widely between different ages. Good audiologists work with children and know how to help them by giving realistic hope.
3. Good problem-solving abilities
Because audiologists are involved in the diagnoses of hearing issues, they need to be able to understand these diagnostic tests and sometimes dig deep into their knowledge base to help discover what is amiss with your hearing. Good audiologists can take a hearing issue and look at it like a problem to be solved. They may need to be creative and know when to ask others for help. By looking at hearing loss as a problem they are also doing their best to find a solution that works for everyone.
4. Good Time Management
Audiologists are here to help you, but they also need to run a business. Audiologists rely on a high volume of patients to make ends meet, which is why good time management skills need to be used. This does not mean that you should feel rushed. Rather it means that your appointment will take place when scheduled and that the appropriate amount of time will be allotted to you. If a complicated issue arises, and time runs out, good audiologists will either schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss things further with you or recommend appropriate learning materials to help you navigate the issue in your own time.