Many types of hearing aids are available for purchase over the counter at various well-known retail stores. However, these hearing aids can be bulky, uncomfortable, outdated, and are basically “one-size-fits-all” solution. While it may seem convenient to buy your hearing aids at your local convenience store, you run the risk of misdiagnosing your hearing loss and not getting the proper hearing aids and treatment you need for your personal degree and type of hearing loss.
The over the counter hearing aids usually simply amplify sound. Unfortunately, individuals suffering from hearing loss usually require more than that to correctly treat their hearing loss. For example, people who develop hearing loss as they age may find themselves unable to hear the voices of children, or other high-pitched sounds. An unprescribed hearing aid meant for general use may cause more hearing loss to these patients by amplifying and playing those high-pitched sounds at a harmful volume.
Unlike buying an over the counter hearing aid, a visit to an audiologist will provide you with an expert medical opinion and diagnosis. There are many different types of hearing loss, each having to do with the specific area of the ear that has sustained damage. In addition to these categories, every person’s case of hearing loss differs from one another, as no two people have experienced the same exposure to harmful sounds or other forms of damage. An audiologist will be able to conduct tests that isolate the specific circumstances of your hearing loss and determine, with precision, the exact tones and pitches you’re struggling to hear. This will help them prescribe a hearing aid that best satisfies your individual needs. An audiologist will also be able to help you customize your hearing aids and achieve the most comfortable fit possible.
If you’re concerned about the financial aspect of seeing an audiologist, don’t worry! Many insurance policies cover the costs of tests, exams, and sometimes even the hearing aids themselves. For more information on insurance coverage for hearing aids, click here.
If you or a loved one are considering purchasing hearing aids, or seeking treatment for hearing loss, feel free to contact our team of experts today.