If a person tells Nola Aronson from Advanced Audiology that they don’t need a hearing aid because they’re not “old,” the Santa Clarita audiologist responds with her belief that age is a state of mind.
“I don’t think it’s the numbers, I don’t think it’s the age,” Aronson said. “It’s state of mind and what you decide in your life and how much you want to stay independent.”
Though people commonly decide not to get a hearing aid because of their misconception that it will make them seem older, Aronson stressed that she believes not having hearing loss corrected is what truly makes someone look older.
“Hearing loss is a hidden handicap where you don’t really want to admit you have one, so you just expect everybody to talk (louder),” she said. “Other people can’t notice that that’s what’s wrong, so you tend to also look older and act older because you’re not understanding what people are saying.”
If a person’s hearing loss is stopping them from doing what they love or being social, Aronson feels that deciding to get treatment is part of a choice everyone has to maintain quality of life in whatever way they need to, regardless of age.
“I think that’s the secret to not aging, is getting yourself involved, staying social, being active, not giving up no matter what handicap you have — if it’s hearing, if it’s vision,” she said. “There is technology out there. You do not have to give up.”
Hearing device advancements mean that hearing aids today are smaller and virtually undetectable, with the newest models even answering phone calls, playing music, translating languages, counting steps and more, according to Aronson.
“Now they’re so inconspicuous,” she said. “And they do so much to be such a small size.”
Residents can get a free hearing screening at Advanced Audiology, and Aronson noted that she doesn’t want cost to discourage someone from seeking a solution to their hearing loss.
“We always try to help everybody. We have hearing devices for every budget,” she said. “We do work with you to help you because hearing is so important.”
Advanced Audiology was founded in 2010 by Santa Clarita audiologist Nola Aronson, who has been fitting hearing aids for more than 30 years. Advanced Audiology is the largest diagnostic hearing center in the Santa Clarita Valley, focusing on clients with hearing loss, tinnitus, ears ringing and more. Hearing tests, hearing aids and new sound infrared devices are also available at Advanced Audiology in addition to a complete hearing healthcare program that includes free batteries, quarterly cleanings and adjustments.
23822 Valencia Blvd. #103
Valencia, CA 91355