Austin Hearing ServicesWarnings on Do-it-Yourself Hearing Care
Austin Hearing Services announces its concern for the possible confusion of consumers in the light of somerecently released over the counter hearing aids.
Digital hearing aids are those in which the sound coming out is controlled by amicrochip. Different hearing companies use different chips; some are faster, and more able to execute more commands (handle information) than others.
There are several differentuses of the term "program" in play when talking about hearing aids. A "basic program" is the onein which the hearing aid tries to duplicate the shape, orrequirements, of the hearing loss.
"Situational programs" aremeant to handle different soundenvironments inwhich people find themselves.
And finally, "programming"is something performed by a licensed professional, using specialized equipment, to ensure that the potential hundreds of sounds andsound situations fit the exact needs of that persons pattern of hearing loss.
In addition, the BetterHearing Institute is warning consumers of the inherent risks associated with purchasing over-the- counter, one-size-fits-all hearing aids instead of consulting a hearing healthcare professional.
The Better Hearing Institute also points outthat hearing devices that are purchased over- the-counter or Internet without the consultation of a hearing healthcare professional may result in the devices not being accurately customized to the specific hearing needs of the individual.