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AlleyCat

Well-Known Member
I'm picking up on a sense that there's more than hearing loss involved, so an ENT might not be a bad idea. Combine that WITH an audiologist.
 

notunderstood

New Member
I also have Eustachian tube dysfunction. I will make an appt with the audiologist. Thank yu all for all the help I really appreciate it
 

VacationGuy234

Active Member
Here's a shocker. All doctors make money off their patients one way or another.

In Canada, you must hold at least a Masters of Science in order to practice audiology. In the states, it's the Doctor of Audiology.

ENT Specialists and audiologists do not perform the same tasks and are not in the same professional field. You might as well get a proctologist to look at your feet if you feel it doesn't make much of a difference.
Here is an even bigger shocker: In the U.S. a person who does business is bound by what's called a Principle Agent Agreement. This means that an entity working as an agent of a principle cannot do what is NOT in the best interest of that principle because it is against the law. It is not in the best interest of the supplier to have an agent send customers to some other supplier. Audiologist must do what is in the best interest of who they represent. And, if you want to know who that is check the names of companies written on the pamphlets in the waiting rooms.

Yes, at a hospital you can get a hearing test that is impartial of hearing aid suppliers.
 

Banjo

Expelled
Premium Member
Here is an even bigger shocker: In the U.S. a person who does business is bound by what's called a Principle Agent Agreement. This means that an entity working as an agent of a principle cannot do what is NOT in the best interest of that principle because it is against the law. It is not in the best interest of the supplier to have an agent send customers to some other supplier. Audiologist must do what is in the best interest of who they represent. And, if you want to know who that is check the names of companies written on the pamphlets in the waiting rooms.

Yes, at a hospital you can get a hearing test that is impartial of hearing aid suppliers.
It doesn't matter, doctors make money off you one way or other because they are providing a service.

They have audiologists at the hospitals. The problem here is, you recommended ENTs instead of audiologists. The fact is, ENTs are not qualified to give you a hearing evaluations, the audiologists are. I am not talking about the hearing instrument specialists.
 

VacationGuy234

Active Member
It doesn't matter, doctors make money off you one way or other because they are providing a service.

They have audiologists at the hospitals. The problem here is, you recommended ENTs instead of audiologists. The fact is, ENTs are not qualified to give you a hearing evaluations, the audiologists are. I am not talking about the hearing instrument specialists.
I'm saying that the audiologist in the hospital is under no such agreement, they work for the hospital so the test is for your medical records. It is not to sell you a miracle ear. That's my point. The ear doctor sends you to get the test done for him/her not you.

EDIT: The audiologist does not make money unless you buy because the hearing test is free at an audiologist office.
 

Banjo

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Premium Member
I'm saying that the audiologist in the hospital is under no such agreement, they work for the hospital so the test is for your medical records. It is not to sell you a miracle ear. That's my point. The ear doctor sends you to get the test done for him/her not you.

EDIT: The audiologist does not make money unless you buy because the hearing test is free at an audiologist office.
Not always, they vary. Also, the fees are often imposed by their associations, not the audiologists.
 

VacationGuy234

Active Member
Not always, they vary. Also, the fees are often imposed by their associations, not the audiologists.
I have never paid an audiologist anything other than the bill for a hearing aid.

I'm not saying they are all bad, but there is an ethical dilemma. And, there are a lot of people walking around with hearing aids who probably don't need them. It's a business.
 

VacationGuy234

Active Member
So, my advice is get the test then look for your own aid and go to the audiologist that sells it. A little research will help both the OP and the audiologist, IMO.

Things might be different in Canada..
 
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