We take our strained eyes to ophthalmologists. Our sore knees to orthopedists. And our sensitive teeth to dentists. Yet when it comes to hearing loss, many of us aren't sure where to turn—and that's a problem. Hearing loss is a serious condition that can lead to misunderstandings, strained personal relationships, and negatively impact performance at work.
With so much on the line, if you're concerned about hearing loss, it's important to work with a professionally-licensed specialist who's trained to diagnose and treat it: An audiologist.
What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists specialize in audiology, the study of hearing and balance disorders. After completing an intensive four-year program, focused on areas including physiology and anatomy, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of hearing problems, prospective audiologists receive a Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) Graduates must then obtain professional certifications in their states and meet annual education requirements.
Audiologists: The Key to Effective Care
Most hearing loss can be efficiently treated with hearing aids; however, the effectiveness of these devices is often dependent on the involvement of an audiologist. According to The American Journal of Audiology, individuals with hearing loss are more likely to wear and enjoy their hearing aids when they work with audiologists.
There can often be a disconcerting improvement when one starts wearing a hearing aid. An audiologist's expertise is especially critical during this time. Hearing aids aren't like glasses. The brain needs time to adjust to the new sound input and make sense of it. Audiologists ask diagnostic questions and adjust the wearer's devices to account for the changes over time. Unfortunately, new hearing aid wearers who go without audiologist support may mistakenly believe their devices aren't working properly and abandon them.
Making Audiologist Care More Convenient
While there are currently about 14,000 practicing audiologists in the U.S., the vast majority of Americans with hearing loss (between 75 to 85%, depending on age) do not seek care. At Lively, we're changing that, through the implementation of telehealth practices and technologies, including secure video chat.
We offer a free online hearing assessment, backed by our team of audiologists, accessible from anywhere and by anyone with a computer or smart device. If our assessment indicates a customer has a treatable range of hearing loss, a Lively audiologist will consult with them face-to-face via secure video chat and program their hearing aids specifically for them based on their test results. Finally, all Lively customers have free access to face-to-face video chat consultations as they grow accustomed to their hearing aids. This type of ongoing support has been proven to lead to consistent wear and improved quality of life.
Concerned about your hearing?
If you believe your hearing is changing and/or are interested in hearing aids, professional audiological testing and care are available from anywhere, by anyone with an internet connection at ListenLively.com. Visit us today to get started.