After heart disease and arthritis, hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. We believe it is essential to take hearing loss seriously, just as you would if you had heart disease or arthritis and needed to see a doctor.
Even though it’s excellent that hearing loss is becoming more known and easier to get help for, we think it’s important to know as much as possible and get the best care for a condition as individual as hearing loss.
Hearing treatment can be found in several places, with big-box hearing aid stores being the most common. Changes to federal laws have made it possible for people to self-diagnose hearing loss and buy hearing aids without going to a doctor.
If your hearing is changing and you need help, we think you should see an audiologist. Here are some of the reasons why.
Audiologists are the most qualified.
Becoming an audiologist takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You must first earn a bachelor’s degree in audiology or speech pathology. After that, you’ll need to complete an internship and pass the national exam administered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The process takes eight to ten years, depending on the path taken.
Contrast this with the hearing instrument specialist. Although some states have specific certification requirements for hearing instrument specialists (which takes one year to complete), there is no national requirement for certification or licensure.
Audiologists treat a variety of issues.
Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat hearing loss and other conditions affecting hearing.
Hearing loss is a medical condition, so it is often linked to other health problems. Comorbidity means that a person has two long-term diseases or conditions
simultaneously. Hearing loss is linked to depression, anxiety, and a higher chance of getting dementia. Other conditions related to hearing are tinnitus and balance problems. Because of this, it is essential to take care of hearing loss as soon as it shows up.
Since we are trained medical professionals, we can better deal with disorders related to hearing loss. We can also make accurate diagnoses and refer patients to other specialists. We also treat ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
We take the time to focus on your needs.
Many places that sell hearing aids want to make money, so they may try to get you to buy devices that don’t work well for your hearing needs.
Also, the people who work at big box stores see a lot of patients in a day and don’t always have the time to diagnose and treat your hearing loss accurately. We focus on your hearing needs at every step to give our patients the best hearing they can get. Because hearing and hearing loss is essential to daily life, we spend time with each patient to find out what worries them. We take a careful case history to find out what might be causing your hearing loss or if you have any other medical conditions that could affect your hearing. This information is essential as we move forward with our complete tests.
The hearing test’s purpose is to determine if there is a hearing loss. If there isn’t one, your results will be saved. This gives you a baseline understanding of how well you hear. When you come to us once a year for a hearing test, we’ll look at your file to see how you did in the past. Hearing loss happens slowly and is hard to track, so many people don’t notice it immediately. If a hearing loss is found, our records of how well you hear will help us figure out how to treat you more quickly.
Your hearing needs are the most important thing to us, and that helps us find the best fit for you. Hearing aids are undoubtedly one of the best investments you can make for your health and well-being. When it comes to fit and customization, it’s important that your hearing aids are comfortable, give you accurate sound, and don’t get in the way of your daily life.
Hearing loss is a common problem, but people don’t stop living their lives because of it. Once you get your hearing aids set up right, you’ll be able to hear sounds you’ve been missing and feel better about yourself. And the best way to do that is to see an audiologist.
Are you ready to see the difference for yourself? Get in touch with us to set up a meeting.