If you are in Arizona with hearing loss, know you are not alone. There are nearly 48 million Americans with hearing loss, making it the third most commonly reported physical condition behind only arthritis and heart disease.
Even though hearing loss is so common, it turns out that only about 20 percent of all people who could benefit from the use of a hearing aid actually wear one. You may be asking yourself why some people simply decide to live with their hearing loss instead of seeking help. One of the most cited reasons is the cost.
Personal Sound Amplification Products
Personal sound amplification products, also known as PSAPs, can be thought of as an entry-level hearing aid. They cost substantially less than a traditional hearing aid and can be purchased without the need to go through a licensed hearing aid provider.
PSAPs work by amplifying sound. That means, they can help you hear better in a crowded restaurant but cannot isolate specific sounds or correctly cancel feedback. While these devices may sound like the solution you have been searching for – help for your hearing loss without the price tag – there are some points to keep in mind.
The Bad News
Before you rush out and purchase a PSAP, there are some important things to note. PSAPs are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while traditional hearing aids are. The manufacturers of these devices state that they are only designed for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. The question is – if you don’t need to visit a Green Valley audiologist at Arizona Hearing, how will you know your level of hearing loss?
This is what troubles audiologists most about PSAPs. Since there is no medical oversight and people can buy whichever device they like, there is a chance a serious condition can go undiagnosed.
The best way to treat your hearing loss is to contact your Green Valley audiologist at Arizona Hearing to have your hearing tested. If you are interested in purchasing a PSAP as a cheaper alternative to a traditional hearing aid, you can let your audiologist know. They will be able to tell you if your type of hearing loss can benefit from the use of a personal device or if it would be just a waste of money.