Audiologists have a potential problem on their hands, and it isn’t just the audiologists who should be concerned. Forty million Americans, all of whom share the common trait of hearing loss, should also be aware of the threat that looms in the distance through one of the federal government’s most recent propositions. In light of this serious issue, we can also take a moment to see just how important audiology as a practice is.
Why Audiologists Are Speaking Out
At least part of Biden’s “Build Back Better” Act aims to extend a broader range of healthcare services to everyone, including hearing aids. Hearing aids would become available over the counter, without the need of a prescription. The Act would also expand Medicare to cover hearing benefits.
You might not think this is so bad; in fact, wouldn’t it allow more people to obtain hearing aids at a more affordable price? Unfortunately, this move would completely distort the essential practice of audiology for both professionals and patients. It would encourage more people to get inadequate hearing care, while professional audiology establishments would crash. As of yet, Congress still needs to pass the Act in order for it to go into effect.
Why Audiology as a Practice Matters
Audiology as a practice matters. If you needed new glasses, would you get them without a prescription? Would you be content to blindly choose the first pair you see at the convenience store and expect a cheap pair to give the custom, quality results you deserve? Without a professional exam and a knowledgeable prescription, you would have little to no clue what treatment you really need.
Likewise, you wouldn’t pick up whatever hearing aid you might see online or in a store. Hearing is even more complex and may require technologies you’ve never even heard of. One’s hearing might not be the same in each ear, not every device will fit properly inside the ear, and some conditions might only be diagnosable by a professional.
Amy Dehart of Clarity Audiology knows firsthand how much goes into hearing treatment. As someone who experienced sudden hearing loss in one ear, she suddenly became aware of the importance of hearing and the ongoing maintenance involved with hearing devices. For one-sided hearing loss, an audiologist might prescribe a cros system. It is because of the impact of hearing loss and audiology as a practice that Dehart works at Clarity Audiology today.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.