Traditional Hearing Aids
Traditional Hearing Aids Only Make Things Louder
At Intermountain Audiology, we like to say that while we specialize in the medical treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus, our focus is first and foremost on our patients. Our patient-centered medical care means you receive treatment from empathetic, experienced professionals who understand how to provide you with the most independent lifestyle. Hearing and brain health, along with the independence they give you, is our number one priority. With our personal touch, you will leave our office knowing that you experienced high-quality treatment you can truly remember. If you are confused by all the traditional hearing aid amplifiers on the market in St. George, Cedar City, and Richfield, UT, please trust America’s Highest-Rated Hearing Health Care team to provide you with education and guidance.
Why NOT Traditional Hearing Aids?
Traditional hearing aids often contribute to confusion among individuals seeking treatment for hearing loss. You’ve likely seen ads for traditional hearing aids including, but not limited to: "As Seen on TV" offers, letters in your mailbox, and letters from local retail hearing aid dealers. Without proper education and understanding, you may believe all technologies are created equal. However, they are not!
Traditional hearing aids have been available for over 40 years and work on the premise of making all sounds louder. Although this technology uses "tricks" to reduce background noise (i.e., turning off certain microphones or boosting certain sounds), it cannot adapt to different listening environments or provide enhanced clarity of speech sounds.
Other forms of traditional hearing aids that can contribute to the confusion are over-the-counter hearing aids. Recent legislation has made the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids legal in the United States. These are one-size-fits-all devices that are fit "at home" without a hearing evaluation, and without the medical care provided by a professional team.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has limited their use to only people with mild to moderate hearing loss, although there is no way to regulate this. Fortunately, many states’ Attorney Generals, including Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, etc., have started to crack down on misleading consumers about the effectiveness of this technology.