If you’re in the market for hearing aids, it may be tempting to purchase them from a big box retailer. But doing so could be risky to your health, the FDA cautions. The reason is simple: there are many different factors that contribute to hearing loss, and unless you know the causes of yours, you could inadvertently be ignoring a serious health issue.
Hearing Loss Causes
Sometimes, hearing loss is the result of something fairly innocuous such as impacted earwax, which is easily treatable. “At the other end of the spectrum,” says Dr. Eric Mann, clinical deputy director of the FDA’s division of ophthalmic, and ear, nose and throat devices. “It could be something as serious as a tumor pressing on the hearing nerve.” You’ll want a qualified doctor to rule out any potentially serious conditions before investing in hearing aids.
Even if your hearing loss is the result of aging or noise exposure, as many cases are, and hearing aids are the recommended solution, it’s still best to see a hearing care professional experienced in fitting and programming hearing aids.
Audiologists Know Hearing Aids
Today’s hearing devices are available in so many styles, and often include a wide array of options and accessories. You’ll appreciate the knowledge and expertise of an audiologist when it comes to selecting and properly fitting the device perfect for your unique situation. And with medically based audiologist, you’ll receive follow-up care to ensure your hearing aids are fitted properly and function as they should.
To learn more about choosing the right hearing aid for your type and degree of loss or to schedule an appointment with an experienced audiologist, call Pinnacle ENT Associates today.