"People shouldn't be shopping for a hearing aid... people should be shopping for an audiologist. People should go out and find the right professional first, and then the professional can help them sort through what might be able to help them with the hearing loss that they have..."
--Kristin Wells, Au.D., John C. Lincoln Health Network, Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on June 11, 2013
It's very difficult for an individual to understand how hearing loss isolates them from the relationships, hobbies, and social activities they enjoy most. To compound the problem, market data indicates that it takes an average of 7-10 years for an individual to address a suspected loss of hearing. This can be frustrating for family members who grow weary of repeating themselves, listening to an abnormally loud television, or interpreting conversations in challenging listening environments.
Many individuals are hesitant to adequately address their hearing healthcare because they fear the perceived stigma of wearing hearing aids. They also have a difficult time understanding how the hearing loss is disconnecting them from the family, friends, and activities they once enjoyed. For these reasons, it is important to choose a professional who can walk with the indvidual as they come to grips with their hearing loss. That's why choosing the right audiologist is the first step to choosing the right hearing instrument. This involves choosing a professional who has the right blend of life experience and technical expertise.
Depth of Experience
Any sensory loss can be life altering and unsettling. Overcoming the individual's reluctance to acknowledge a hearing problem and hesitancy to accept help is the first step in earning the trust that implementing a real solution will require. This process calls for a seasoned professional whose depth of experience:
That's why the practice of audiology is about re-connection. With years of experience, Dr. Dungan and Dr. Barron work to reconnect people of all ages, from all walks of life with the friends, family, hobbies, and social activities that hearing loss has prevented them from enjoying.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association reports that there are currently 22 digital hearing aid manufacturers. The manufacturers produce an ordinate array of technologies varying from basic to sophisticated. Most box stores that sell hearing aids and the health insurance companies that mail hearing aids typically sell older technology with 4 to 16 channels. Audiologists routinely dispense newer hearing aids that have 24 to 48 channels. The more channels, the better one hears in noise and the better the device can function automatically.
Basic, mid-level, and premium technology can all be improved in the hands of an experienced audiologist who uses probe microphone measures and other objective outcomes to ensure the highest satisfaction.