Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids: Get the Facts First
The hearing aid industry has had an avalanche of new technology in the last six months. More and more features have been developed to help patients with hearing loss improve their ability to understand in a variety of situations.
You may have read about recently passed legislation that will allow basic hearing aid technology to be sold over-the-counter (OTC). There is some debate in congress and in the audiology community about how well this will work without professional help.
Treating hearing loss is not something you can fix by yourself. Unfortunately, your ear does not work like the radio. Turning up the volume doesn’t fix your ability to understand in restaurants, crowds or with loved ones.
The first step is always the same. A consultation and hearing test with a licensed audiologist.
Do I Need a Hearing Test?
In order for a hearing aid to be fit correctly, your audiologist needs to test your hearing and identify different frequencies that you may not hear as well anymore. They also need to know the type and cause of your hearing loss, as well as your personal listening needs. Once the testing reveals why you struggle, where you struggle, and what frequencies need amplification they can help you choose the right solution for your needs.
The more difficult the listening situation, the more technology you’ll need. Every person’s hearing loss is unique and requires a hearing test to start the process.