If you’ve ever wondered about the reasons behind picking a private practice Santa Clarita audiologist instead of an alternative like an infomercial or big box store, Nola Aronson from Advanced Audiology is sharing her beliefs.
The first reason is that licensed audiologists need at least eight years of schooling, along with an extra four years of post-graduate training if they want to be a doctor of audiology, according to Aronson.
“It’s a lot of time and education spent, and money, so why would we have audiologists if anybody could just do the job?” said Aronson, who has a Master’s Degree in audiology; is certified by the American Hearing and Speech Association and American Academy of Audiology; and is licensed by the state of California in audiology and hearing aid dispensing.
This extensive background not only helps private practice audiologists hone their expertise in tailoring hearing loss solutions to each unique person and their needs, it also enables them to provide a diagnosis in regards to hearing loss, according to Aronson.
“You need to make sure you really do need a hearing aid, or maybe you have wax in your ears, maybe you have fluid in your ears, maybe one of your bones has disconnected and maybe you just need medical treatment,” she said. “But who’s going to tell you that if they’re trying to sell you a hearing aid (at a big box store)?”
Private practice audiologists are not motivated to just “sell” hearing devices like infomercial companies and big box stores may be; instead they aim to offer education and hearing loss solutions in an effort to give their patients the best quality of life possible, according to Aronson.
“We’re there to solve a problem,” she said. “You come to us (because) you’re having trouble in your life. We want to help you with your life.”
Though it may cost less at an alternative source, Aronson pointed out that these hearing aids are usually of significantly lower quality, and that the prices in her own office are a direct reflection of manufacturer costs — not profit.
“We’re not making money hand over fist on hearing aids,” she said. “People have to realize we’re beholden to the manufacturer too, and they spend a lot of money on their research and delivery… When you buy a hearing aid that’s less money, it’s because it is less quality.”
In accordance with state law, a minimum 45-day trial period is given for all hearing aids, which Aronson encourages patients to use in their everyday environments so they can return to her office for any needed adjustments before they even buy the hearing aid.
“If somebody doesn’t say to me, ‘Nola, I just appreciate so much how you’ve changed my life,’ I’m not happy,” Aronson said. “I’ll keep going until somebody tells me that.”
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