Our No. 1 Concern When Selecting Hearing Devices: Lifestyle

Our No. 1 Concern When Selecting Hearing Devices: Lifestyle

Posted on January 17, 2014 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Hearing Loss
Jan 7th, 2014 Tonya Barlow, AuD

Featuring Tonya Barlow, AuD

“The hearing test is the least important thing we do at Avada.”

I said that to someone recently and could tell I caught them off guard, but it’s true. My job as an Avada Audiologist is to help someone enjoy life more. Obviously the hearing test is a vital component in pairing a patient with a hearing device, but we focus on lifestyle.

We take time to get to know our patients, asking about their hobbies, personal life and work or school settings. A person who primarily stays at home has far different needs from someone who spends their days in business meetings and nights in loud restaurants. If we only matched someone to their prescription and price range, they would not be happy. If they’re not pleased, they will not use their device, and what good would we have done then?

In consideration of lifestyle, we try to personalize our hearing test as much as possible. We always ask that a loved one come with our patients so that we have a familiar voice as a reference. Often family members and friends notice things the patient may not, such as excessive television volume or difficulty communicating on the phone. They can also help assess lifestyle demands.

Once we have an idea on the prescription and lifestyle, this is the point where we often give patients a trial pair of devices. I’ve sent patients out to eat at a loud restaurant during a basketball game, just to help them realize the impact devices can have. Both the patient and the family member are usually amazed at how easy it was to communicate – no shouting or asking the waitress to repeat herself. That’s not just a hearing improvement. That’s a quality of life improvement.

So much of what we do has nothing to do with sitting in a booth, listening to beeps and raising this hand or that one. True hearing is listening to what people are saying, processing it and providing a meaningful response. Despite such obvious benefits, some people are still hesitant to “give in” and get a hearing instrument. But you’re not giving in to old age or admitting a weakness, you’re being strong enough to take a stand against hearing loss.

If you’re ready to take control or just want to learn more, we can provide a free hearing test and assessment. Remember: The test isn’t the important part, being willing to take it is.

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Tonya Barlow, AuD