There are different types of providers available when you are looking for help with your hearing. This section should bring some clarification to what you will find during your search.
Doctor of Audiology, Au.D.
An Audiologist has earned their Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.). This is a specialized doctoral degree that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance related disorders. Audiologists are the most qualified individuals to treat hearing and balance disorders.
Otolaryngologists and Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians, M.D. or D.O.
These are specialized surgeons (M.D. or D.O.) that focus on disorders of the ear that can be corrected surgically. They can manage and treat surgically cancers, tumors, infections and other disorders of the ear. These physicians do not work or specialize in hearing aids used to treat hearing loss. Hearing loss that cannot be corrected surgically will be referred to Audiologists.
Hearing Instrument Specialists, B.C.-H.I.S.
These are individuals who have completed a board certification that allow them to asses hearing and dispense hearing aid products.
See what the Hearing Loss Association of America has to say on this topic.