WHY PATIENTS SHOULD ONLY PURCHASE HEARING TECHNOLOGY FROM A HEARING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Today's hearing aids are precision instruments, utilizing advance digital technology that can and should be customized to fit your specific hearing loss and your unique lifestyle needs.
The Better Hearing Institute, a non-profit center for hearing advocacy, published a consumer warning against "do-it-yourself hearing care," stating: "The process requires a complete in-person hearing assessment in a sound booth; the training and skills of a credentialed hearing healthcare professional to prescriptively fit the hearing aids using sophisticated computer programs; and appropriate in-person follow-up and counseling. This is not possible when consumers purchase one-size-fits-all hearing aids over the Internet or elsewhere."
While the Internet is an increasingly convenient place to purchase many items, consumers should be cautious about purchasing their hearing aids online. Any upfront cost savings will likely be used toward after-purchase costs like maintenance and cleaning or reprogramming an aid. Services, such as those, are included when purchased through a hearing healthcare professional.
A hearing professional will ensure that a patient receives a proper evaluation and prescribes the proper treatment for hearing loss. Their ears will be visually examined and tested with state-of-the-art equipment to determine the type of hearing loss they have.
If it is determined that hearing aids can help, a hearing professional will show them the best solutions to fit their unique needs and lifestyle, as well as provide maintenance, programming, and insurance to protect their investment.
Dr. Paula Evans, Audiologist with Bluegrass Hearing Clinic states, "Hearing technology has advanced so much over the 30 years that I have been in practice. Devices are smaller, smarter, and more natural sounding, than ever before. It's no wonder 95% of our patients with hearing loss can be treated with some type of hearing aid. Not to mention we see more and more hearing aid users completely satisfied with their technology. It is truly amazing to see the life changing improvements that hearing technology makes for my patients."
For more information or to schedule your appointment call Bluegrass Hearing at 859-809-9541.