If you are one of the 48 million people in the US affected by hearing loss it is a good idea to address the issue as soon as possible. Unaddressed hearing issues have been found to lead to chronic depression, loneliness, anxiety, cognitive decline, and a greater risk of falls and accidents. However, the NIDCD reports “that among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them. Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 (approximately 16 percent) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.” Don’t be part of this statistic! To get the best treatment possible it is always recommended to visit an audiologist.
What is an Audiologist
An audiologist is medical professionally trained in the diagnosis and treatment of issues of the ear. This includes diagnosing and treating hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus, and the prevention of hearing damage. While it may be tempting to think you are saving money by visiting an online hearing aid store or big-box chain, you are skipping key medical expertise which can ensure you are getting the most accurate diagnosis and treatment for your condition. It is far too easy to miss a buildup of earwax in the ear canal or receive the wrong hearing aid programming when you choose to order hearing aids online.
Keeping Up with Your Hearing Health
Even if you don’t have an immediate hearing issue, scheduling annual visits with an audiologist can ensure that your hearing health is up to date. We can spot an issue before it develops into something more severe and avoid many of the dangerous side effects of untreated hearing issues. We can measure your hearing using a series of audio tests. These tests are meant to assess the quietest sounds and pitches you can hear. If your threshold indicates hearing loss we can offer you treatment, avoiding potential cognitive decline and social isolation caused by undiagnosed hearing loss.
Get appropriate treatment plans
When you work with a specialist you receive the most responsive care. This means we can recommend the best device which works based on your hearing needs. We can address tinnitus, hyperacusis and blockages, from a medical perspective. As you require adjustments to hearing devices, we can accurately modify your hearing aid program over years.
We are With You, Every Step of the Way
When you order hearing aids at a big box store or online, once you have walked out the door, they are yours. We however understand that hearing health doesn’t just stop at this point. Hearing loss is in most cases a permanent issue which becomes worse overtime. Hearing aids will need to be adjusted for fit and programming. Eventually, you may need to upgrade to a new pair. Building a relationship with us, allows you to skip the hassle every time you need an upgrade or adjustment. It also ensures that you don’t lapse on treatment. You may have five years of treated hearing health and then fall back into your original hearing issues as an older pair of hearing aids becomes outdated or needs to be replaced. The beauty of working with an audiologist is that you won’t have to worry about falling back into old patterns with poor hearing. We are here to make sure you hear your best for years to come.
Enhance the Quality of your Life
Hearing aids are not only a device but an investment in a higher quality of life. We develop a relationship with you, so we can make sure you get the best treatment possible. This means we keep track of what hobbies you love and what activities you enjoy. If you love to be outside, we can keep you updated on the best new features including wind suppression and water resistance. If you are a musician, we can find the latest and greatest options for you as a musician.
We know you so we can help you attain the best quality of life possible. When you have competent and compassionate care for your hearing issues, you can reach your highest potential for quality of life. If you haven’t taken the leap already, schedule an appointment today and find out what we can do for you!