Why You Should Treat Your Hearing with Us!
Hearing loss affects 20% of the American population, making it the country’s third most common medical condition. Hearing loss is especially prevalent among people ages 65 and above – with one-third of people above the age of 64 and 50% of people above 75 experiencing some degree of hearing loss.
At the same time, hearing loss may affect anyone at any age. Common signs of hearing loss include difficulty with speech communication, constantly turning up the volume on the TV and the radio, and more severe issues such as withdrawing socially and isolating oneself from your friends, family, and community.
If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing, it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. It is estimated that people wait an average of seven years from the time they first experience hearing loss to the time they decide to seek treatment. Leaving hearing loss untreated could lead to a series of adverse health consequences.
In treating hearing loss, we encourage you to visit us. Our audiologists are trained to provide the best possible care for hearing loss.
What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a health professional licensed in the science of hearing, balance, and related disorders. Unlike hearing instrument specialists who work at dispensaries, we audiologists are licensed medical professionals. Audiologists may specialize in different areas of hearing health, such as balance disorders, geriatric hearing loss, pediatric hearing loss, and so on.
You’re in good hands with an audiologist.
Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing loss and hearing-related conditions (balance disorders, tinnitus, etc.). They consider your lifestyle, personal medical history, and general hearing needs before analyzing your hearing. Audiologists receive professional training to evaluate and rehabilitate your hearing during hearing loss.
As medical professionals, audiologists are committed to providing you with the best medical care. With a physical exam and in-depth hearing tests, audiologists determine the configuration and degree of your hearing loss. More often than not, hearing aid dispensaries focus on profit margins and sales. In other words, while you’ll receive treatment for your hearing loss at a dispensary, they may not be the most accurate prescription and best fit for your form of hearing loss.
The primary objective of audiologists is like that of medical health professionals: to put the patient’s needs and care above all else. Hearing aids are the most common prescription for hearing loss, and audiologists recommend the type of aid that is the best treatment for your specific hearing needs.
We can identify comorbidities.
As medical professionals, audiologists are equipped to identify health issues related to hearing loss. Comorbidities are conditions related to a medical issue, such as hearing loss. Comorbidities of hearing loss range from balance disorders to tinnitus, to falls and accidents, to increased risk for dementia, anxiety, or depression. Hearing loss may also be related to other medical conditions, such as cancer or cardiovascular disorders (i.e., blood pressure).
Audiologists are better equipped to notice other medical issues and refer you to a specialist if other medical issues are present.
A better fit than the big box store
Unlike other hearing providers, whose primary objective is to sell hearing aids, we are committed to treating the medical condition of hearing loss. We are committed to providing the best medical care possible for hearing loss, a medical condition. This means finding the best fit for your hearing needs and providing personalized care.
The New York Times wrote about the benefits of audiologists in a 2009 article compared to visiting hearing instrument specialists. They reported that “the technical leap [in hearing aid technology] is not the only reason for high prices. Traditionally, hearing aids have been sold through professionals who also fit and adjust the devices as a part of the overall cost. The system, however, leaves room for plenty of inept or even greedy providers to take the reins.”
We are focused on the science and the medical implications behind hearing loss. Our motivating factors are providing the best possible medical care for hearing loss, a medical condition. When you’ve decided to treat your hearing loss with us, you have committed to receiving professional medical care for optimal hearing health.
You don’t have to live with untreated hearing loss! Contact us today to book a consultation.