I’ve been hearing a lot about a certain YouTube audiologist lately. I’ve been hearing a lot of questions I haven’t heard before and, some answers that just lead to more questions. Since I fully support learning and being completely informed, I thought I’d check him out.
He’s very entertaining. He appears to be well-informed. Some of what he says is right on target. And, some of it just misses the mark entirely. For example, he claims to know “the single most important thing that will determine your success with hearing aids”. Really? Has he met you? Does he know your specific listening needs? Does he know your preferences for (or tolerance to) sounds? I dare say he does not. As such, how can he claim to know what’s best for you?
The issues each hearing impaired person deals with are unique and should be treated as such. Treatment plans are created one at a time. Some include an entire battery of objective measures. Some require baby stepping into the use of amplification. Others need communication strategies and training with a friend or family member. Whatever the needs are, I highly recommend meeting them on an individual basis.
While claiming to hold the key to hearing aid success might make for exciting TV, be careful about believing everything you see on the internet. So here’s your assignment: when you see something that looks too good to be true, ask me about it. I will find the answer (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and let you know what’s real and what’s fluff. Leave your comment/questions right here on this blog. I’m already looking forward to hearing from you.