U.S. News – OPINION – Beware of DIY Health Care
Both health and wallets suffer when people bypass medical experts in favor of do-it-yourself diagnoses and treatment for hearing loss.
U.S.News and World Report
By Jaynee Handelsman
A do-it-yourself world sounds good – in theory.
Do-it-yourself auto repairs might make sense for the savvy and mechanically inclined, while do-it-yourself electricians should probably think twice about it. But do-it-yourself health care? Probably not. Yet easy access to health information online and a culture that too often encourages speed over quality is leading Americans down a very unhealthy path.
I’ve witnessed this vividly in the world of hearing loss, where quick fixes that are “easier and cheaper” are being passed off as solutions to complex hearing challenges. There is no cookie-cutter solution to hearing health, no matter how many of these stories are published. The result we’re seeing in the world of audiology is people taking shortcuts that undermine their hearing in ways that can waste money, allow issues to fester and ultimately harm their quality of life.