Those of you who have been curious and might wish to know a bit more, here’s something well worth quoting verbatim. Whilst you might not be suffering from a severe loss of hearing at this time, you might be struggling with your hearing from time to time owing to the proverbial occupational hazard or sociological circumstances. If it can be determined that your (temporary) hearing impairment does not require the intervention of a qualified audiologist, you could very well make a purchase from over the counter hearing aids selections.
Now, this could be something for the books in the sense that it will be quite rare for you to find such purchasing options anyhow. The conventional practice has always been for the patient to first consult with the ear, nose and throat specialist before moving on to the audiologist. And from that point onwards, the audiologist will be conducting a thorough hearing test to determine just how severe the patient’s hearing loss might be.
Now, before any further ado, don’t go off rushing to the nearest pharmacy store looking for an over the counter aid. You’re not like to find any. Again, the best place to go is the audiologist’s rooms. And for this, you might not even need an appointment, assuming that the audiologist’s assistants are qualified and trained. As to the interesting piece of news just sighted, purchasing an over the counter hearing aid is, in accordance with a recent act promulgated by the US Food and Drug Administration, legal.
This was not the case previously. In the past, so-called low tech options were never fully regulated by the FDA. Also, the health authority could not make any substantive claims as to whether the wearing of such hearing aids would either help hearing challenged people or harm their hearing.
Today, regulation of such devices are in place. No such product can pass muster until such time that it has been officially authenticated by the FDA. Even so, at the time of writing, specific rules on how the sale and purchase of over the counter hearing aids have yet to be determined. But do be warned, audiology and ENT experts believe that risks attach to the wearing of low-key hearing aids.
Here is something that needs to be noted. Straight from the horse’s mouth if you will, the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) believe that the determination of a suspected hearing loss and the subsequent decision to equip the patient with a hearing aid or provide alternative treatment still lies with a ‘licensed and certified audiologist’. So, in the interests of your hearing health, and just to be on the safe side, you’ll be far better off enjoying a professional evaluation and its related treatment.
Hearing loss can deteriorate or alter over time, and just like visiting the dentist, regular evaluations by the audiologist should be regarded as essential. So, now you know. Should your hearing ever experience a sudden nose-dive, you know who to call.