Your Hearing and your Audiologist
GLOBAL HEARING AID CLINIC
Some of the Boomer generation are entering their 70’s. This used to be seen as old. Boomers do not want to be old. They want to remain as young, vibrant and healthy as possible, consequently this has greatly contributed to the proliferation of health and wellness marketing. The hearing industry is no stranger to marketing so much so that most people are dazed and confused by product promises, prices too good to be true and deals of the week.
The truth about chronological hearing and aging is more than 25% of 60-69 year old people have hearing loss significant enough to impair communication enough to negatively impact their lives. The number jumps to more than 50% for ages 70-79 and approaches 80% once you celebrate your 80th.
People with untreated hearing loss are often perceived as old when their conversation partners have to repeat themselves, as “snobby” when they don’t respond at all because they didn’t even realize someone was speaking with them, and for those who “fake it”, they appear to be in the early stages of dementia because what they thought they heard and what was said were not the same.
A simple remedy for appearing young and vibrant for those with hearing loss is to amplify the loss and begin a hearing rehabilitation program. Rather than weed through marketing about product and price, start with a referral to a professional audiologist with whom others have had success. For those who have already addressed their hearing loss but don’t feel confident and comfortable, a second opinion may be the next step. A leading consumer advocacy group had observed the most critical factor in achieving satisfying results with hearing aids is “finding the proper hearing aid professional with whom you can build a long-term relationship”.
Everyone desires a more personal relationship with their dentists, family physicians, cardiologists, oncologists and other highly skilled professionals. We don’t want to see a different person with each visit and we want to feel confident that the professional is familiar with us. Hearing health and hearing rehabilitation deserves the same respect allotted to teeth, general health and specialized health care. Ensure success by taking control, asking friends and family for the name of a great audiologist and ignore product marketing.
Global Hearing Aid Clinic is a private practice audiology based clinic. Its emphasis is on aural rehabilitation and amplification of hearing loss. No medical referral is required prior to an appointment. GHAC and Jeffrey Switzer, a registered Audiologist, have served the local community for more than a decade.