Do I Need an Audiologist to Get Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are available pretty much everywhere. You can get them from an audiologist, hearing instrument specialist, online, even E-bay. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends getting a medical evaluation from a doctor before getting hearing aids, you can often avoid it by signing a waiver. But should you?
Here are 6 reasons why you SHOULD get an audiologist before you consider treating your hearing loss.
When you search online for hearing aids, millions of search results come up for different hearing aid styles. Don’t assume that all those types are the same, because they are not. Audiologists are specifically trained to know which hearing aids would be best for you and you hearing loss.
2. Not all devices are actually hearing aids.
Many devices that look like hearing aids are not actually hearing aids at all. For example, Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs) look like hearing aids and cost much less. But they may not be what you need. Even if they are, it should be the audiologist who determines this and not an online retailer.
3. Hearing aids should be customized to you.
Hearing aids need to be custom programmed to be most effective. So even if you mail your hearing test to an online company, they can’t completely customize the hearing aids to your ears. This means your hearing aids may not work as well as they should.
4. Online sales are highly unregulated.
People sell custom molded hearing aids on E-bay. Don’t be fooled. Those are custom molds of someone else’s ears and they won’t fit your ears. This is a typical case of resellers taking advantage of unsuspecting customers. Audiologists, on the other hand, have to follow specific ethical requirements to act in the best interest of their patients.
5. You need personalized treatment.
Successful hearing aids depend on your needs, lifestyle, and feedback from you. That’s why the best hearing aid and treatment plan for you requires a deep understanding of you, which an audiologist can provide. This close relationship isn’t possible with an online retailer.
6. Audiologists are the highest trained individuals to treat hearing loss.
Audiologists attend college for 8 years to become experts on hearing. Hearing Instrument Specialists can sometimes read a manual and take a short exam to become qualified. Who would you entrust your hearing to?
Considering hearing aids? Visit with our doctors and Arizona Hearing Center to discuss your options for better hearing. Contact us by phone at 602.313.1243 to schedule your appointment.
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