If you are concerned about your hearing, the first step is to schedule an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing test. With this information the audiologist will be able to advise you if any follow up care or treatment is necessary.
Hearing tests can be done on newborns and children of all ages. Depending on a child’s age, different techniques will be used to assess their ear and hearing health. If you have any questions about pediatric hearing testing please contact our office directly.
The only way to determine if you need hearing aids is to have your hearing tested. Once your audiologist has those results they will counsel you as to the proper treatment. If hearing loss is present, your audiologist will likely recommend a Hearing Aid Evaluation (HAE). A HAE is an appointment with an audiologist where they will discuss your hearing loss, as well as the most appropriate hearing aid styles and technologies for you. Every hearing loss is different, so the recommendations for every patient may be different.
Hearing aids range in price from $1900 each to $3300 each, depending on the model, technology, warranty, and services.
Full coverage for hearing aids is very unlikely. However, some insurance companies will cover small portions of the cost. It is recommended that before you are seen for a HAE, you contact your insurance company and find out about your possible hearing aid benefits. Your insurance company will most likely cover the hearing test if done at an appropriate facility.
It is recommended that you obtain a medical clearance from an Ear Nose and Throat physician prior to the fitting of hearing aids. An Audiologist is not a medical doctor and cannot give medical advice. ENT’s look for anything that would be a contraindication for the fitting of a hearing aid, such as active drainage from the ears, or other medical complications that need immediate medical attention. However, medical clearance is not a requirement.
The FDA requires a hearing test that is no older than 6 months prior to the date of the hearing aid fitting.
The most common reason for a hearing aid to stop working is a dead battery. If changing the battery does not fix the problem, the next recommendation is to make sure the sound port is not clogged up with ear wax. If you are still having difficulties, it is recommended that you call to make an appointment with your audiologist.