When You Buy Hearing Aids Do Seek Professional Advice
In this digital age, one can now buy hearing aids over the internet and do so without recourse to any kind of audiological examination or consultation with a physician. Some seem to choose this route because they perceive it to be rather less embarrassing than the alternative of being required to discuss one’s possible deafness with a third party. Others, however, who have perhaps received some medical attention in the past, may, on the other hand, select this option as a means to procure an instrument that is somewhat cheaper than the models that are normally recommended by audiologists and other healthcare professionals.
Vision and the ability to hear are the two senses upon which humans are invariably most dependent. To buy hearing aids without due concern for either their quality or their suitability is an action that could not only endanger the latter, but severely compromise the ability to earn a living and, with it, the general quality of one’s life as well as that of any dependents. By contrast, the more formal approach of a professional hearing test and subsequent evaluation carries no such risks; will entail neither inconvenience nor any significant embarrassment and will result in a management solution that is tailor-made to meet both the precise needs of your auditory impairment and those of your individual lifestyle.
Before you even think of questioning the price that you must pay to buy an effective hearing aid, you should first consider the far greater cost of a lifetime that might otherwise be spent in total silence. The science of audiology has undergone a quantum leap since the days when doctors stood behind their patients, first whispering and then advancing until their whispered words were finally understood. Such testing did nothing more than confirm a problem without measuring its extent.
Today, sensitive instruments are used to create an accurate graph of the ear’s responses over the full range of audible frequencies and this may then be compared with a normal audiogram. Other tests are used to identify the type of deafness as conductive, sensorineural or mixed and to determine whether just one ear is affected or both. Armed with such detail, one may now buy hearing aids that comply with the recommendations of the attending physician or audiologist. Modern instruments can be finely tuned by the audiologist so as to be most effective in augmenting audition at the precise frequencies earlier identified by the audiogram as those which were most affected.
So far the solutions discussed involved instruments that amplify and clarify sounds sufficiently for them to stimulate the sensory mechanism within the inner ear. Where this mechanism may itself be damaged, a cochlear implant may be the only viable alternative. This highlights, once again, the importance of seeking professional help. The Ear Institute operates numerous clinics around the country. They are staffed by experienced healthcare professionals and equipped with all of the advanced equipment needed to conduct the necessary audiological tests, to make recommendations regarding the most appropriate devices to manage your particular condition. In addition they are able to fit and tune these devices for peak performance or to refer you for implantation when to buy hearing aids would prove to be ineffective.