The Difference Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser

The primary difference between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist is that the audiologist...

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The Difference Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser

The primary difference between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist is that the audiologist has an advanced degree and is an expert in all aspects of hearing healthcare, including diagnostic audiological testing and the fitting of hearing devices; while the hearing instrument specialist is licensed for the purpose of dispensing hearing aids only. Should you decide to go with prescriptive hearing aids from Silicon Valley Hearing, you will receive:

  • In-depth hearing tests to determine the precise type, severity and frequency of your hearing loss.
  • Medically-based methods to rule out any other negative health conditions that could be causing hearing loss, such as fluid in the middle ear or a tumor.
  • Selection and fitting expertise to ensure you get the hearing devices best suited for your needs.
  • Expert programming. Doctors of audiology are highly trained to program hearing aids to the exact specifications of your hearing loss.
  • Treatment for all ages. Audiologists are trained to evaluate and treat hearing loss in all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics.

We partner with all major manufacturers to offer the best selection of new hearing tech, from top-tier hearing devices to assistive listening ones. Our audiologists are experts in selecting and fitting accessories to enhance your listening experience, especially for cases of severe to profound hearing loss. There is no one-size-fits-all option with hearing devices- personal preference, appearance, tech options and price tag all make a difference-choose what suits your lifestyle best. Our audiology team can help you do this. Consider all your needs, not just budget. Low-tier tech may work for some, but depending on your lifestyle and the complexity of your hearing loss, you may not achieve your full hearing potential with base-level devices.

Marni Novick, Audiologist in Los Gatos, CA

Dr. Marni Novick

Founder & Audiologist

Marni Novick, AuD, is founder of Silicon Valley Hearing, Inc., which opened its doors in 2014, with the promise of delivering honest and affordable hearing health care, along with exceptional customer service to her valued patients.

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