If you’re one of the millions of Americans who could benefit from wearing hearing aids, it has been reported that 90 percent of your success with this highly sophisticated technology is connected to choosing the right professional to work with. In our practice, we frequently provide second opinions for people who have purchased hearing aid technology elsewhere. Many people don’t realize that inappropriately fit devices can significantly influence how well you will hear. A quick-fit hearing aid often is not programmed to the individual needs of the person’s specific hearing loss or unique ear canal.
In some cases, these devices aren’t maximizing a person’s best hearing ability, or worse, there is little perceived benefit and they end up in nightstand drawers. To prevent this from happening to you, the most important piece of advice I can offer is to find a highly trained audiologist you trust with your long-term hearing care. Because every ear is unique, this should be someone who has a genuine interest in you as an individual, and wants to learn about you and your lifestyle. It is also important to find a professional who is university-trained, able to make independent decisions for a variety of hearing technology options, and who upholds a professional code of ethics.
At Associated Audiologists, we take pride in building relationships with our patients, and taking the time to be sure we understand your lifestyle needs and hearing challenges.