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Don’t Trust Your Hearing Health to Just Anyone

When it comes to something as valuable as your hearing, it’s critical that you are treated by a health care professional who can identify, understand and meet your unique needs. Audiologists are trained to provide the most thorough diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans, not just fit hearing devices. They focus on the pathology, root cause and other factors that may impact or result from hearing loss. More importantly, your audiologist should be able to help you better understand your hearing health.

At The Villages Health Audiology, we believe an educated patient is a healthier and happier patient. That is why each year we provide more than 2,000 educational health and wellness classes to the community, and publish dozens of evidence-based eBooks, whitepapers and articles.

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Meet Our Team of Audiologists

Al Turri, Au.D.
Director of Audiology

Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood

Jody Costanzo, Au.D.

Brownwood Care Center
Mulberry Grove Care Center

Greg Freeman, M.S., CCC-A

Colony Care Center

Sarah Montero, Au.D.

Creekside Care Center

Evans Pemba, Au.D.

Pinellas Care Center

Tressie Waldo, Au.D.

Santa Barbara Care Center

Vjolka Zaka, Au.D.

Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood

Why You Should See an Audiologist Rather Than a Retailer

If you are experiencing hearing loss, it may be tempting to visit a hearing device retail store. But there is a good likelihood that you will be fitted for a hearing device by a hearing instrument (HIS) professional rather than an audiologist. And there is a big difference between the two.

When you visit an audiologist, you are speaking with a highly trained doctor who takes a health care approach to your hearing, one that involves state-of-the-art diagnostics and care delivery. When you visit a retail hearing aid store, you will be approach by a hearing instrument specialist (HIS) who takes a sales approach to addressing your hearing loss. We recommend speaking with a licensed audiologist who puts your health above profits to ensure you’re getting the right care for your unique medical needs.

Understand the Difference between an Audiologist and an ENT

It can be confusing to decide whether to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist or an audiologist. Chances are, if you have been missing out in conversations or struggling to understand people in day-to-day situations, an audiologist can help.

An ENT physician specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the mouth, ears, nose and throat. An audiologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing issues. They also have extensive training on fitting and adjusting hearing devices.

Audiologists are experts at identifying whether you need to see an ENT and/or a neurologist. Unless you’ve had a recent trauma to the head or ear, or you’re having balance issues, a change in your hearing can typically be addressed by an audiologist.

Choosing to see an audiologist at The Villages Health first can save you the time and added expense from waiting to see a specialty physician, like an ENT or a neurologist. We refer patients to board-certified specialty physicians as necessary for treatment of issues outside the scope of audiology services.