Frequently Asked Questions
You may have a lot of questions regarding insurance, hearing aids, your appointment and more. We hope this FAQ can answer some of your questions. If you do not find the answers you are searching for here, please email or call us. We are always happy to hear from you.
1. How much does the hearing test cost?
In most cases, your insurance covers the cost of a hearing test. If you have Medicare, a Medicare Replacement, or Medicare supplement, your insurance will only cover the hearing test if you have a referral from your primary care physician that deems the test medically necessary.
2. How much are hearing aids?
The price of hearing aids varies greatly depending on your type of hearing loss, what best suits your lifestyle & budget, and personal preferences. They can range anywhere from $995 for one up to $7,000 for a pair of top of the line hearing aids, with some great mid-range options in between. We are committed to helping you find the perfect hearing aids at the perfect price.
3. Do I need two?
Most patients benefit from having two hearing aids. Our brain is naturally wired to receive information from both ears. Not having both ears working their best can minimize the information our brain receives about our surroundings. Treating both ears allows for better localization, better hearing in background noise, listening balance, and better hearing for soft sounds.
4. Will my insurance pay for hearing aids?
Generally, insurance does not cover the cost of hearing aids. Because each plan is different, we invite you to send your insurance information ahead of your appointment to verify any benefits or coverage that you may have.
5. What do hearing aids look like?
Hearing aids have come a long way in recent years. Most people think of hearing aids as being large, bulky and very visible. Today's hearing aids have become smaller, more user friendly, and nearly invisible. They come in a variety of colors and styles. The best way to find out what hearing aids look like is to come in and see for yourself!
6. Will people notice?
Many of our patients are often pleasantly surprised to find that even their significant others and family members don't notice they are wearing hearing aids. People may notice they are repeating themselves less, you are more involved in conversation, and you have become more social, though!
7. Do they have to go in my ears?
Yes. They do have to go in your ears. A hearing aid's job is to amplify the sound around you and to deliver that sound through your ear canal and to your eardrum. If the hearing aids aren't in your ear, they can not do their job!
8. Can I wait? What are the consequences of waiting?
Yes, you can wait. If you do show signs of hearing loss, however, we highly recommend you start thinking seriously about pursuing treatment as soon as possible. Our goal is to help you and care for your hearing health, and to offer advice in a no pressure environment.
Studies continue to show that hearing loss directly correlates to cognitive brain function, and when untreated, can lead to increased risk of Alzheimer's, dementia, depression, loss of income, and falling.
Recent studies have also found that the average time it takes for an individual to take the first step in treating hearing loss is 7 years, and that only 25% of people who could benefit from hearing healthcare actually seek treatment.
These findings are why we encourage treatment as soon as possible.
9. How will I know they won't end up unused?
This is entirely up to you! We will do everything we can to make sure that you are happy with your improved hearing. We will work to troubleshoot any problems you may have, counsel you in proper use and care, and provide you with support. The only thing we can't do, unfortunately, is stop by and put them in your ears every day! We are happy to provide reminder phone calls to put them in, encourage friends or family to remind you to wear them, etc. Most of our patients are excited to have their hearing improved, and put them on daily, just as one would with glasses.
10. I can hear, I just can't understand. Why should I be tested?
Speech recognition is a part of hearing loss. Our doctors can test your ability to recognize, hear, and understand words in speech. Even if you don't think you have hearing loss, a baseline test is important in order to track hearing loss in the future.
11. What are the benefits of hearing better?
Hearing better will allow you to feel more comfortable in social settings, boost self confidence, and decrease your risk for dementia, Alzheimer's, depression, and falling. When you can hear the people and things around you, you can react to your environment, you can engage in conversation without straining to hear, and you may find the words "could you repeat that" disappearing from your vocabulary.
12. Batteries vs. Rechargeable: which is better?
This is mostly based on preference. Sound quality does not change with batteries, but ease of use and environmental impact certainly do. If a patient has dexterity issues, difficulty moving their hands, arthritis, trouble with vision, or any other troubles, rechargeable batteries can be an incredible blessing. The rechargeable batteries are also incredibly convenient, as well as fully recyclable, so it's not hard to see why they are becoming so popular.