When you have got an ache or an itch, if you’re feeling tired or just a bit off, what’s the first thing you do? Ask the Internet for help? You’re not alone. In the age of the Internet it seems good advice or a handy product to get your health back on track is only a few clicks away. But sometimes it takes a more personal approach to keep you healthy. After all, your body is unique and so is the way you hear the world. So if you’re experiencing hearing loss, getting your hearing health back on track is going to take more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Truly personalized hearing help only comes from that face-to-face interaction with a healthcare professional who has spent years training to give you the assistance you need. That’s where an Audiologist comes in.
If you’ve realized you’re experiencing signs of hearing loss and are now determined to do something about it, that’s a great first step. The next should be to seek help from an Audiologist. Why? Because there are many different causes and types of hearing loss. Getting the right treatment starts with finding out exactly what’s gone wrong.
The right match
If hearing aids are the right solution for your hearing loss, there are more decisions to be made. Today there is a variety of different types of hearing aids, some are better suited for mild to moderate hearing loss, while others can handle more severe hearing loss. There are also different designs available which cater to different lifestyles. In addition to your budget, your hearing health, lifestyle and personal expectations need to be factored in when selecting the right hearing aid. The unbiased experience of an Audiologist is invaluable in the decision-making process.
Personal and precise
The correct fitting of hearing aids needs expert help. This is because hearing loss is unique to each individual. Program settings need to be carefully tailored to your hearing loss. This is only possible after a thorough hearing evaluation is carried out by an Audiologist. Programs can then be personalized with a level of precision that is difficult to achieve without professional input.
Your hearing health is not frozen in time. Things change, you’ll be exposed to different sounds, your hearing may diminish gradually over time or you may find your hearing needs change as your habits and interests do. This is where the continued care of an Audiologist makes all the difference. With regular checks of your hearing, an Audiologist can monitor your condition and upgrade your hearing aids or alter their programming when needed.
Dealing with hearing loss isn’t just about the technical side of things. Learning to adapt to life with hearing aids takes time. An Audiologist can provide support and helpful advice so you can enjoy all the sounds the world has to offer.
If you’re concerned you may have hearing loss, turn to the professionals at Physicians Hearing Care; our highly trained Audiologists are here to help.
Dr. Kalyn Bradford is the Director of Hearing Aid Services here at Physician’s Hearing Care. She completed her externship with Physician’s Hearing Care in 2013 and subsequently joined the practice in 2014 after graduating with her doctoral degree in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined PHC as a Clinical Audiologist where she performed comprehensive audiological exams and specialized in helping patients to hear better using the latest hearing aid technology available. She has carried that experience into her current role as Director of Hearing Aid Services, where she does an excellent job managing the Audiologists to ensure that all patients are treated with the best hearing care possible.