Frequently Asked Questions
Hearing aids are available at a variety of price points. During your consultation appointment, the audiologist will discuss hearing aid options, styles and levels of technology. Additionally, she will assist you in deciding which aids will best fit the needs of your current lifestyle.
The majority of insurance companies do not assist with hearing aid payment. Therefore, we do not directly accept insurance for hearing aids in this office. However, we will assist you in any way that we can with the direct to patient reimbursement process if your insurance company happens to provide hearing aid benefits.
New patients are scheduled for one hour. Testing typically takes 20-30 minutes. The remainder of the time is used to discuss results and recommendations.
Some insurance companies require a referral, while others do not. When you contact our office to schedule an appointment, our front office staff will ask for your insurance information and the name of your primary care physician. If a referral is required, they will contact your primary care physician to obtain the referral for you.
Hearing can change for a variety of reasons and often changes very slowly overtime without the patient even noticing. Annual hearing evaluations are recommended to detect those small changes. Additionally, if you are a hearing aid user, adjustments can be made to your hearing aids to ensure you are getting optimum benefit over time.
The typical lifespan of a hearing aid is 5-7 years. How you care for the hearing aid will directly affect its lifespan.
Every case is unique. However; if there is hearing loss in both ears, two hearing aids are typically recommended. Having two ears functioning together allows us to localize where sounds come from and understand in background noise.
Typically, annual hearing evaluations are recommended for anyone with a stable diagnosed hearing loss. However, testing may be recommended more often due to the patient’s age or nature of the hearing loss. A sudden change in hearing should always be considered a medical emergency and medical attention should be sought immediately.
During your consultation appointment, the audiologist will discuss hearing aid options, styles and levels of technology. Additionally, he/she will assist you in deciding which aids will best fit the needs of your current lifestyle.
Yes, pediatric testing is accurate and is a true reflection of hearing acuity. Testing will vary based on the child’s age and developmental ability. Multiple tests will be completed to ensure accuracy. Each test and its results will be discussed during the appointment.
Yes, there are many devices available to help in all different aspects of your life. Amplified telephones, TV ears and pocket talkers are a few devices that can be used without hearing aids. Additionally, many hearing aids now have wireless accessory options. Your audiologist will help you decide which of these devices will work best for you and your current lifestyle.
Audiologists receive intense training about all aspects of the hearing and balance organ, how it functions, potential pathologies and rehabilitative options. Audiologists currently entering the field are required to obtain a clinical doctorate of audiology (Au.D.) prior to receiving licensure. Hearing aid dispensers are not required to have a college education, but instead undergo a training program and a licensure examination prior to becoming a dispenser.