Apparently there are HIS and/or audiologists who do house calls. Not due to Covid but rather that is their mode of operation.
I found out when I was speaking with a representative of a well known “on Line” vendor. They offer aids at a discount inc follow ups. Some of their professionals are office based and at least one is mobile. I was referred to her.
Am I correct in assuming that they cannot due a proper audiogram as they have no booth?
Does a lap top and a set of headphones suffice to get an accurate audiogram?
I would imagine no real ear either due to lack of equipment.
Issue is that my current audiologist, who has been like gold is about 2.5k more expensive for a set of IIC than is the mobile HIS. Both include all f/u. No unbundling option.
On the one hand it seems like my current audiologist although more pricey is worth it being who she is and providing real ear etc.
On the other hand I could show my audiogram to the mobile H.I.S. if she does not due any type of valid hearing test. This would save me $2500 but no real ear. She does deep impressions for IIC.
I know real ear is best practice but I’m sure many folks have not had real ear and do well with their aids. Of course if they had real ear they would even better acuity with their aids.
In short: Does it make more sense to stay with my audi who is state of the art and follow best practices
rather than pocket the difference?
Can I afford it, yes. just been given a choice and thinking about it.
FWIW: I am not one to think an audiologist is “better” than an HIS.