Our Treatments Work!
At True Hearing our goal is to improve your hearing health and fill your life with joy through hearing. When we treat patients we measure how they are doing to ensure that our treatments are working. If we do not achieve the desired health and lifestyle outcomes then we make a change to the treatment plan. Combining feedback from our patients and our expertise, we have been able to develop hearing loss treatment plans that are highly successful (want to put a number here but cant until we have some data).
- Do you know if your hearing aids are working?
- Are your hearing aids actually helping you?
- When did you hearing treatment provider last follow up with you?
- Do hearing aids actually help/work?
Hearing aids are an important investment and if you are like most people you are wondering if they are worth the cost. The real answer is it depends. Hearing aids are an excellent tool for helping people with their hearing, but they are only part of the solution. How are your digital hearing aids programmed? Are they the right style for your hearing loss? How long are you wearing your hearing aids and in what situations? Is your progress being tracked and are adjustments to your treatment plan being made if something is off course? All of these elements make up hearing loss treatment. Which brings us back to do hearing aids work? Well, it depends on the treatment plan built around the hearing aids. If the treatment plan is well thought out and has a history of clinical success with other patients in a similar situation the answer is YES. Hearing aids do work. If you bought hearing aids and your provider failed to set you up with an appropriate treatment plan it is likely that those hearing aids ended up in your bedside drawer.
We measure our results.
To fulfill our goal of helping our patients with their hearing health we have to know if our treatment plans are successful. Follow up and adjustment are major components of each of our custom designed hearing loss treatment plans. If your hearing care provider can’t tell you how successful they are at treating hearing loss, how do you know they will be successful in helping you?
“Hear” is what you should ask them:
1. What is your treatment success rate?
It is likely you will get a blank stare back as most hearing care professionals don’t track their results.
2. What is your return rate?
This will let you know how often patients are returning their hearing aids. It should be below 10%. Any higher than that should send up warning flags.
3. How often do you follow up with your patients?
This will let you know what kind of on-going care you can expect from the provider. Treating Hearing loss should be an ongoing program that requires lots of communication between you and your Doctor of Audiology.
If your hearing care provider has great answers for all these questions you are set and can expect to have great results.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing Loss is a progressive degenerative disorder that reduces one’s ability to hear speech and other sounds. Hearing loss is also connected to other medical problems like cognitive decline, depression, social isolation, diabetes and cardio-vascular disease.
Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline/ Alzheimer’s/ Dementia
Research by Dr. Frank Lin and John’s Hopkins has shown that “seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.” The study also indicated that the more severe the hearing loss, the greater the likelihood of developing a cognitive disorder, and the steeper the decline in mental function. (need citation can be found in signia book that Taylor has)