There are many different types of hearing devices available through the internet. While most of them may be able to help in some way or another, there is only one kind of hearing aid. A hearing aid is something that only a hearing expert can prescribe for you.

People seek alternative means of hearing for many different reasons, but whatever your reasoning, it is important to know the facts.

May is Better Hearing Month, and we couldn’t be happier to help assist and educate the residents of Northern Utah on how they can take care of their hearing now and in the future.

Online Hearing Aids

Pros

Buy Online — By purchasing online, you are essentially cutting out the middleman. You can buy straight from the manufacturer and have it shipped to your front door.

Cost — Due to this method, online hearing devices can usually be purchased at a lower cost when compared to prescribed hearing aids.

Cons

Limited Features — An online hearing device will only amplify sounds. Its technology lacks the ability to reduce background noise or target specific hearing ailments.

“One size fits all” — This phrase rarely means that. There are just too many people out there with many different issues that are specific to them.

Something bought over the counter cannot satisfy everyone especially in the healthcare space. Since you can get one without seeing an expert first, the task of applying it to your ears falls on your shoulders and may be uncomfortable.

Simple Technology — Even if your hearing is experiencing some improvement, over time that will change. An online hearing device is a one-trick-pony and as your hearing develops or declines, your device will not adapt to counter the change you’re having.

Hearing Aids

Pros

Comfortable and discrete — Hearing aids are custom fit to your ears. As hearing experts, it’s our passion to ensure that your hearing aid is barely noticeable to you and others when you’re wearing it.

Addresses your specific issue — Getting fit for a hearing aid means having a comprehensive hearing assessment done. We use this one-on-one time to evaluate your hearing and your daily routine to not only improve your hearing but to also prevent future damage as much as possible.

Adjustments — As we all progress through life, our hearing does the same, usually for the worse. By having a hearing aid, we can make small adjustments to it to optimize its performance.

Solves many problems — Due to the advanced technology in a hearing aid, it is equipped to tackle tougher problems. One of the many functions it performs is to reduce background noise. By doing this, you can train your brain to listen to only the sounds you want to hear.

Support — If any of our patients experience issues or even just have questions, we are always here to help. You are always welcome to come in and discuss your issues with us or give us a call. We want to make sure you’re hearing and thus your life is improved by this amazing technology.

Cons

Cost — In some cases, a hearing aid can be more expensive than an online hearing device. However, there are many insurers that cover these types of treatment and our staff are experts on the subject.  We are not manufacturer specific, meaning our specialist can treat your hearing loss with the best device for you. We have a full balance clinic, CI clinic, and ENT partners. We are an established company and are here to serve Northern Utah and its surrounding communities.

Are You Ready to Discover your Options?

Give us a call and schedule a no-obligation appointment with one of our specialists that can test your hearing to see if you’re a candidate. If you are, they can discuss options based on your lifestyle and the support you’re looking for.

 

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Ben Chargo Au.D., CCC-A

Ben is a doctor of audiology (Au.D.) with the House of Hearing. He received his doctorate from the University of Utah in May of 2018. He has been an employee of ENT House of Hearing since 2014 when he started as an intern while working on his doctorate. Ben was originally introduced to this field while working with his father, as he is also an audiologist and the owner of a private practice in Minnesota. From the first time he worked with his dad, Ben knew that this was the profession for him, as he was able to combine his love for helping others with his skills as a problem solver and as a communicator. Ben strongly believes that the work he does here is essential to improving the quality of life for each and every one of his patients, and his work is never done for the day until he has done everything he can to improve the hearing and lives of those patients. Since moving from Minnesota to Salt Lake City in 2013, he has fully embraced the Utah lifestyle. When he is not at work, you can typically find him skiing or snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, golfing, or on a motorcycle ride with his friends.