Until recently, if you wanted to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids, you had one choice: see an audiologist or other licensed hearing care professional. Today, there are certainly more options available, but they’ve also gotten more complicated: online-only retailers, big-box stores and, starting soon, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids you can buy at places like Walgreens and CVS. Here’s the thing though, a hearing aid professional is still the best place to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids.
Let us explain why.
Your Hearing Loss is Unique. Your Hearing Solution Should Be Too.
Our hearing is complicated. It is also nuanced and unique to each individual, just like our sense of taste. (Why do some people love avocados or oysters while others hate them?) It only seems right, then, that the most effective solution to one’s hearing loss be nuanced, unique and slightly complicated, too. Hearing aids—fit, programmed and supported by experienced hearing caring professionals—are the most dependable way to get a tailored solution that is just right for your unique needs.
Today’s hearing aids are sophisticated, high-tech devices
Hearing aids have long been the go-to remedy for hearing loss. Just as glasses are advised when we have vision issues, and pacemakers are prescribed to correct irregular heartbeats, hearing aids are what healthcare professionals around the globe recommend to treat hearing loss. And rightly so, especially with today’s hearing aids. Smarter and more technically advanced than ever before, the best hearing aids are able to do amazingly sophisticated things to help us hear better and stay connected. And they do it all in a tiny electronic device that needs to sit comfortably in our warm, moist, unique-as-a-fingerprint ear for a dozen hours each day every day (that’s a big part of the complicated part).
But as with any sophisticated tool, or even simple ones like, say, a chisel, they produce even better results when wielded by an expert who is proficient at using them. That’s where the hearing aid professional comes in, and why we insist the best place to get your hearing aids is with a professional.
Hearing aid professionals bridge the gap between enjoying your hearing and simply hearing
Only an experienced hearing aid professional has the skill and training to fit and program a hearing aid to your specific hearing and lifestyle needs. And as we wrote above, each person’s needs are unique. Of course this includes your hearing loss itself, which a hearing aid professional can specifically test and measure. But it also includes what your hearing thresholds are. What frequencies do you struggle with? Are both ears affected? Is it the same loss in both? These are just a few of the questions that thorough testing and a hearing aid professional will answer.
Then there are the intangibles: Why do you want to hear better? What do you want to hear better? What types of listening environments do you frequent? Are you mostly busy and active or relaxed and reserved? Are you tech savvy? Adept with your smartphone? Do you have dexterity issues? How about style concerns or specific feature requests? The list of important questions and considerations goes on. And, in the case of hearing aids you buy over the counter, you can be confident the cashier at the local retail outlet is not going to ask you a single one.
Only after all these questions are answered, and your hearing wants and needs are thoroughly discussed, can a hearing aid professional tailor a solution just for you. And only after your hearing solution is tailored, can you feel confident it will work when you need it to, the way you need it to, and provide the benefits and reliability you demand.
Hearing Aids Are an Investment; Get Your Money’s Worth
Hearing aids are an investment in clearer communication, human connectedness, improved health and happiness, and a better quality of life. So it’s important you get your money’s worth. When you get your hearing aids from a hearing aid professional, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Will you pay more? Of course. But you’ll also get the expert consultation and a personalized fitting, as well as the service, support and ongoing care that a human sensory function as important as your hearing deserves.
Get Your Hearing Aids From the Best: an Experienced Hearing Aid Professional
As leaders in the hearing health industry, we’ve seen a lot. But one thing has remained consistent throughout the many innovations, scientific advancements, and regulation changes of the past half century. Hearing aids fit and supported by skilled and caring hearing aid professionals produce the best and most satisfying results. That’s why we still recommend you get hearing aids from a hearing aid professional and not from the internet, a 1-800 number, or off the shelf at the same place you pick up your prescriptions.
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