Recently, I had the privilege of talking to Daily News-Record to discuss the essential topic of hearing health.

This conversation highlighted the importance of comprehensive hearing care and why at Hearing Doctors we go above and beyond to ensure our patients receive the best possible care. Here’s some of what I covered in our talk:

Expertise and Locations

We serve patients across Northern Virginia and Maryland with locations in McLean, Cascades, Falls Church, Fairfax, Falcons Landing, Leisure World, and Rockville.

Each of our locations is staffed exclusively by doctors of audiology. I firmly believe that to provide the most personalized treatment plan for our patients, we need the highest-educated professionals working with us.

The Three Pillars of Hearing Health

With over 27 years in the field, my approach to hearing health is rooted in three main goals:

1. Prevention and Education:


Educating patients about hearing health and preventing hearing loss is crucial. Early education can make a significant difference in maintaining long-term auditory health.

2. Early Identification and Intervention:


Identifying hearing issues early and intervening promptly helps mitigate long-term effects and improve patient outcomes.

3. Management and Rehabilitation:


Providing ongoing management and rehabilitation ensures that our patients adapt to and overcome their hearing challenges effectively.

The Importance of Comprehensive Hearing Screenings

During the interview, I emphasized that not all hearing aids and distributors are the same. Hearing aids sold over the counter often use older technology and lack the advanced features found in the devices we offer at Hearing Doctors. Proper evaluation of the auditory system is essential, and hearing devices need to meet the specific needs of each person.

“It takes a lot more to evaluate the auditory system,” I explained. “It is definitely not digital signal processing with artificial intelligence.”

Addressing Financial Needs Without Compromising Quality

Understanding that many patients have budgetary constraints, we provide options for those with financial needs without compromising the quality of care.

We educate patients on the differences between over-the-counter devices and those available through our clinics and urge them not to compromise on product quality, technology, or service.

The Comprehensive Hearing Health Model

Our approach is holistic. We evaluate audition and balance concerns and conduct cognitive screenings. This thorough assessment helps determine the best hearing aid for each patient’s needs, something that over-the-counter providers often overlook.

“We really focus on prevention, education, early identification, intervention, and [how] to manage hearing for the rest of your life,” I shared during the interview.

Why You Should Consult a Doctor of Audiology

Obtaining hearing aids over the counter is not advisable without consulting a doctor of audiology. Hearing aids need to be prescribed, verified, and validated by an audiologist who can address the root causes of hearing issues.

Over-the-counter places like Costco may not have audiologists on staff, potentially affecting the quality of care provided.

Finding the Right Hearing Care Provider

When seeking a place to address hearing needs, I recommend looking for a doctor of audiology—the highest degree an audiologist can attain. It is also essential to ensure that the doctor is certified to evaluate hearing, balance, and cognition comprehensively.

“The 360 approach is important for your overall well-being,” I noted.

Hearing Doctors is dedicated to providing exceptional hearing care through a comprehensive and personalized approach.

Our team of experienced audiologists is here to help you achieve optimal hearing health and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference that expert care can make.

To read the full interview, click here.

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Dr. Ana Anzola, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA Principal

Dr. Anzola received her Doctorate degree in Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) since 1995, board-certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).