How do I get a hearing aid? |

The Process of Obtaining Hearing Aids

Before purchasing hearing aids, it is important to have a complete hearing evaluation. If you have not had your hearing tested within the last six months, you will need to make an appointment for a hearing evaluation with an audiologist.

Medical clearance from one of our physicians is ideal to obtain prior to hearing aid use. This is to make sure that your hearing loss cannot be treated with medicine or surgical procedures.

After hearing testing is completed, a hearing aid evaluation will be conducted. Appropriate selection of hearing aids will be discussed with you, and is based on several factors, including amount of hearing loss and lifestyle needs. Ear impressions will be taken, and hearing aids will be ordered.

At the hearing aid fitting appointment, you will receive your hearing aids. Use and care of the hearing aids are discussed.

You will return for follow-up appointments so that proper adjustments can be made to the hearing aids.

Once you have completed the initial fitting process, we encourage you to return consistently for hearing aid check-ups. The audiologist will check, clean, and adjust your hearing aids as needed. If you have a problem with your hearing aids between check-ups, please call our office for an appointment.

You should undergo hearing evaluations annually (or as recommended by your audiologist), so that your audiologist can monitor your hearing and help you maintain optimal hearing aid use.

Information About Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are available in various styles, including: Behind-the-Ear (BTE), In-the-Ear (ITE), In-the-Canal (ITC), and Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC). A wide range of hearing aid technologies are offered, including digital, programmable, and conventional. Each of these technologies can be obtained in any style of hearing aid. Your audiologist will recommend the most appropriate hearing aids for your particular hearing needs.

Hearing aids are purchased with a 30-day trial period, beginning on the date the hearing aids are fit. If the aids are returned with 30 days, a refund will be issued for the price of the hearing aids, less a minimal restocking fee.

Hearing aid purchases come with a dehumidifier, a limited supply of batteries, accessories/cleaning tools, repair warranties, and insurance policies. Prior to the end of the warranty period, extension of the warranty period and insurance policy can be purchased from our office.

For Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aid users, earmolds are not covered under the hearing aid warranty. There will be a charge for replacement earmolds, if needed.

The following services are included in the purchase price of the hearing aids: the hearing aid fitting appointment, follow-up appointments, hearing aid check-ups, and annual hearing evaluations. Hearing evaluations required by a physician for medical purposes will be charged.

Payment for Hearing Aids

There is no charge for the hearing aid evaluation appointment.

Hearing aids vary in price, depending on the style and technology.

Payment in full is required when a hearing aid order is placed at the hearing aid evaluation appointment. You may use check, cash, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. A payment plan is also available.

Insurance and Medicare do not typically cover hearing aids or related services. However, many insurance companies will cover the audiological testing. Please check with your insurance company to verify covered services.

Need-based funding organizations sometimes help cover the cost of hearing aids. Audiologic and income criteria must be met in order to receive funding through these programs. Your audiologists can inform you on which organization may best serve your needs. Please check with our office to find the organizations with which we participate.