Audiologist Warn Against Buying Hearing Aids With Out Proper Diagnosis

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  • 1. Audiologist Warn Against Buying Hearing Aidswithout Proper Diagnosis of Hearing Loss
  • 2. The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) urges consumers who suspect thatthey have hearing loss to seek treatment from a licensed audiologist or other hearing healthcare professional to ensure the proper diagnosisand treatment of hearing loss.
  • 3. Even when hearing loss is detected through a comprehensiveexamination, hearing aids are not always a recommended course of treatment.
  • 4. Key risks of omitting an evaluation and treatment by a licensed audiologist or hearing healthcare professional include the missed diagnosis of a serious underlying health condition that requires medical intervention and subsequent hearing loss as a result ofimproper fitting and/or programming of hearing aids.
  • 5. According to the ADA, there are manypossible causes of hearing loss including: -Aging -Blockages in the outer ear -Ear infections -Head injury -Medication -Meniere’s Disease -Tumors
  • 6. On October 26, 2011, the Minnesota Department ofHealth released a statementstressing the importance of seeing a hearing healthpractitioner for hearing lossand advising that failure to do so “skirts state and federal legal protections and could result in harm.”
  • 7. Hearing aids are medical devicesregulated by the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) and must be recommended, sold and fit by qualifiedhealth professionals.
  • 8. The ADA urges consumers to seek proper diagnosis, treatment and counseling forsuspected hearing loss. To find a licensed ADA member in your area, visit http://www.audiologist.org/audiologist-directory.html