Hearing Loss FAQs

Q: What is hearing loss?

A: Sound is projected in a wide range of pitches and volumes – from the low hum of a buzzing bee to the high-pitched tone of a ringing cell phone. A person with hearing loss can still hear some pitches and volumes, but not the full range of sounds. Many times, only the extremes of the ranges, or just the very quiet or very high-pitched, may be inaudible.

Q: How do I know if I have hearing loss?

A: Because hearing loss is often a gradual process, many people have a difficult time telling when their hearing capabilities have diminished. There are many common complaints with which you may identify such as having family members often tell you that the television volume is too high or frequently requesting others to repeat themselves. To learn more about your hearing loss, take our Online Hearing Questionnaire

Q: How much do hearing aids cost?

A: Hearing aids come in a wide range of cost. This may depend on your individual situation including your level of hearing loss and your lifestyle. Hearing aid costs can be managed by working with a hearing professional who partners with your health insurance and offers financing.

Q: Will insurance pay for my hearing aid?

A: Many health insurance policies cover a variety of hearing aids. It is important to thoroughly understand your coverage as there are often specific requirements on the type of appliance that is covered and/or limitations on the amount of coverage. It is our goal to find the type of hearing aid that is most suitable to your hearing loss and we will help you understand your treatment options as they relate to your health insurance coverage.

Q: Do you accept my insurance?

A: To view the list of insurances that we currently contract with, click here. If you do not find your insurance company on our list, call our office as we are frequently adding new insurance contracts.

Q: Why do some people’s hearing aids seem to work better than other’s? Aren’t they all the same?

A: There are vast differences between hearing aids, hearing abilities, levels of expertise among hearing practitioner as well as each person’s adaptability to change. All of these variables can affect how successfully a person’s hearing aids appear to perform. Generally, the longer a person waits to address their hearing loss, the more difficult it is for them to adjust to wearing amplification.

Q: How long should my hearing aids last?

A: The average life of a hearing aid is three to five years. Periodic cleaning can minimize repairs and extend their lifespan.

Q: What is an audiologist?

A: An audiologist is a professional specializing in prevention, assessment, and non-medical management of hearing disorders that holds a graduate degree in Audiology. By virtue of their education, training, and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to assess and treat hearing disorders.

Q: What is a hearing aid dispenser?

A: A hearing aid dispenser is licensed by the state to engage in the practice of dispensing hearing devices. Their scope of practice is hearing aid sales and service. They are not required to have a university degree.

Q: Why should I choose an audiologist if I need hearing aids?

A: Today’s hearing aids are much more complex than in the past. To select the best hearing aid for your particular hearing loss and lifestyle requires a complete understanding of hearing loss and your successful adaptation to your hearing aid may require a program that includes complete testing, careful counseling, instruction, and follow-up.