Hearing Health and Technology -- Workshop, Project No. P171200
I recommend that consumer protections be considered in your discussions/policy decisions. I am concerned that the commercial hearing establishments have a tendency to recommend hearing aids to individuals that do not need them I had such experience last year when I took advantage of a hearing screen at a local business. I was informed that I had significant hearing loss, which gave me much concern since due to a then recent lymphoma diagnosis. Due to the high pressure technique to purchase the hearing aids, I informed the hearing specialist and the doctor who was consulted via video/phone that I did not purchase health related items without doing my research and without getting a second opinion. I made an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)specialist, whose audiologist conducted a hearing exam. Subsequently, the ENT informed me that my hearing loss was slight, consistent with my age and that I did not need hearing aids. In addition, the ENT, said that my decision to get a diagnosis from my doctor, who was not being compensated based on sales was wise. The doctor stated that there are many people who purchase hearing aids from the sales-based organizations, whose hearing is damaged due to wearing unneeded hearing aids. I recommend that consumer protections be considered in your discussions/policy decisions.