Dr. Kelly Hansen, Au.D.
An audiologist is a specialist in hearing. They have studied for many years and are required to have a master’s degree or doctorate in the field of hearing. While they do not perform ear surgery, they are experts in diagnosing and finding solutions for children and adults that are experiencing hearing loss.
A hearing aid specialist is NOT required to have a degree, although many of them may have a degree in another field. They do need to take a certification course, which is usually a few months long. They are not experts in the area of hearing, but they are trained to sell, fit and program the hearing aid devices for you. If you need hearing aids, it’s always best to see an audiologist first, especially if you haven’t had your hearing tested in a while, as hearing level loss changes can occur fairly quickly.
Audiologists and Doctors of Audiology
The types of hearing care professionals you might encounter in seeking help with your hearing loss differ in both their education and their skills:
An audiologist is a licensed hearing healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. You can think of an audiologist primarily as “hearing and balance doctors.”
While Hearing Aid Specialists only fit hearing devices, Audiologists offer the following services:
• Complete hearing exams
• Fitting, adjustment, and maintenance of hearing aids
• Treatment for balance disorders and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
• Hearing and speech rehabilitation programs
• Audiologists possess comprehensive knowledge of the human auditory and vestibular systems, and they have extensive training in sound reproduction, which is critical to the accurate fitting and adjustment of hearing aids.
Why you should see an Audiologist
If you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to seek a qualified audiologist, because they are trained to get you the best outcome and resolution for your specific issue. If you’ve noticed that it’s difficult to hear conversations in a noisy atmosphere, or you feel the need to adjust your television volume much higher than before, it’s vital for you to have your hearing checked.
Perhaps you or your loved one keeps asking for people to repeat themselves, or you can’t quite pick up where sounds are coming from; if this is the case, don’t wait until your hearing loss gets any worse, schedule your appointment as soon as you possibly can.
Dr. Kelly Hansen, Au.D.
Audiologist, Dr. Kelly Hansen has more than 20 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing, dizziness, and balance disorders. She has attended numerous courses and workshops for dizziness, balance, and hearing disorders throughout her career and is experienced in the most up to date diagnostic testing and treatment for these disorders.
Dr. Nikki Goldowski, Au.D.
Audiologists, Dr. Nikki Goldowski obtained experience working in a variety of settings, including Veteran Affairs medical centers, children’s hospitals, ENT clinics, and private-practice settings during her Doctorate training. She completed her clinical fellowship year at Trinity Hearing and Balance Center in May 2015.
At Trinity Hearing & Balance, we truly believe that better hearing leads to a better life. Our patient-centered approach allows us to focus on satisfying your hearing care need, whatever they may be. Our practice will work with you to diagnose and find solutions for your hearing, tinnitus, and balance needs using state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced technology. Because our focus is entirely on your unique needs, coming to Trinity Hearing & Balance means that you’ll experience patient care that is specific to you, with exceptional follow-up care that ensures your hearing and balance needs are being met.
Trinity Hearing & Balance wants you to be satisfied with your care. We are a local, independent, community-oriented practice. Our services are fully guaranteed, meaning we are committed to listening to your concerns, and your technology is always perfectly fit to renew your world of hearing. A strong patient-provider relationship based on honesty, integrity, and values is what we strive for, and we feel that this is the best approach to making sure you don’t miss any of the precious moments in your life.
• Tinnitus Treatment
• Hearing Tests
• Hearing Aids for all budgets
• Hearing Aid Repairs
• Dizziness, Loss of Balance, Vertigo
• Hearing Protection
If you are experiencing any hearing issues, or need a hearing or balance evaluation, please call Trinity Hearing & Balance of New Port Richey to schedule your appointment.
Trinity Hearing and Balance
8605 Easthaven Ct., Ste 101, New Port Richey, FL 34655
Why Audiologist & Hearing Aid Specialists are NOT the Same
Dr. Kelly Hansen, Au.D.