Did you “hear”?  May is Better Hearing Month !

Better Hearing Month was created in 1927 by ASHA (American Speech & Hearing Association).   In 1986 President Ronald Reagan made it official with a formal proclamation.  This annual event is designed to raise awareness of hearing loss problems.  The goal of Better Hearing Month is to encourage people who might have a problem with their hearing, to take action!

Three things to ponder as you ask yourself if you or someone you know might benefit from the latest in hearing devices.

  1. What is the difference between an Audiologist and a Hearing Aid Specialist/Dispenser? Which is best for me?  Much of this focuses on education and licensing/certification requirements and job duties.  An audiologist has an advanced degree and is an expert in all aspects of hearing heath care.  This includes the fitting of hearing devices, creating individualized treatment plans, hearing rehabilitation and providing an advanced level of support to their patients.  A hearing aid specialist/dispenser is much more limited in what they are licensed to do.  Because an audiologist has been trained in recognizing possible abnormalities needing further medical attention.  An in depth diagnosis is an important factor in the hearing evaluation.
  2. Brain Fitness and Hearing loss. Recent studies have shown a link between hearing loss and dementia.  Brain Fitness or exercising your brain is an important element in keeping sharp and fending off Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  We don’t hear with our ears, we hear with our brains.  Hearing is to the brain as physical exercise is to your muscles.  “If you’re not using it, you’re losing it”.  Those suffering from hearing loss are also at risk for health problems such as depression and anxiety.
  3. Internet Hearing Aids. Over-the-counter generic hearing aids, big box store hearing aids and those purchased over the internet may be a tempting solution to treating hearing loss, but those devices often provide very low patient satisfaction.  For best results, a patient should have a complete in-person hearing evaluation in a sound booth.  It’s time to rely on the training, skills and expertise of a professional audiologist that will ensure the patient receives a device that will work for their unique hearing situation.

Today’s hearing technology has improved immensely just over the past 18 months.  With smaller devices, advances in digital technology, and wireless connectivity you’ll find that these are NOT your Mother’s Hearing Devices!

Speaking of Mothers, wouldn’t it be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift to give her “the gift of hearing” this May?  She needs to hear the sweet little voices as the children and grandchildren sing to her on Mother’s Day and as they tell her how much they love her!

Contact a professional audiologist today!  Take action, change your life and hear better today!