What is an audiologist?
Audiologists are healthcare professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and hearing conditions like tinnitus and balance disorders. Our audiologist holds a doctoral degree in Audiology and has extensive experience in hearing testing, hearing aids, cochlear implants, balance testing and treatment, and other services and treatment devices.
When should I get my hearing tested?
Often, the people around you, your family, friends or co-workers, may notice your hearing loss before you do. Age-related hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss due to the natural aging process and/or noise exposure throughout your life. Regardless of age, the inability to hear and understand speech in noisy environments is one of the first signs of hearing loss. Even a mild and/or high frequency hearing loss will significantly impact your ability to understand speech. If you are noticing difficulties hearing or understanding speech in quiet or with background noise, we strongly recommend scheduling a hearing evaluation with our doctoral audiologist.
How often should I get my hearing tested?
Adults should have a hearing evaluation once a decade until age 50. After age 50, it is recommended to have a hearing evaluation every 3 years and sooner if changes in hearing are noticed. Once hearing loss is established, it is recommended to get a hearing evaluation once a year to monitor changes in hearing. It’s also important for farmers, hunters, construction and industrial workers to obtain routine hearing tests due to prolonged exposure to noise.
How long does an evaluation take?
A comprehensive hearing evaluation is scheduled for an hour to be able to get a complete case history, perform testing, and go over the results with recommendations. The actual testing portion of the evaluation is approximately 30 minutes. This includes video otoscopy for you to be able to see in your ear on TV, a pressure test to evaluate your ear drum, and a hearing test in the sound booth to test hearing at different pitches and functionality of hearing with word and sentence recognition tests.
Is a hearing test covered under my insurance?
Hearing evaluations are typically covered by insurance plans but it is recommended to always check with your specific insurance plan first and verify your benefits.
Hearing Aid FAQs
How much do hearing aids cost?
Better hearing is an investment, both emotionally and financially. One of the first things a first-time patient wants to know is, “How much do hearing aids cost? The honest answer is: It depends on what you need for your lifestyle. Hearing aids are like little mini-computers behind or inside your ears. They are developed by hearing aid manufacturers who invest millions of dollars and years of time in research and development to make sure they are of the highest quality and best performance. We offer hearing aids in four different levels of technology: Basic, Select, Advanced, and Premium. As the level of technology increases, so does the cost. However, when you purchase hearing aids, you are not just buying the devices. It also comes with initial service to include the fitting, programming, orientation, counseling, and some other extras. At Aspire Hearing and Balance, we also differ from other retailers as we offer different service packages to fit each person’s budget. We are firm believers in trying to offer technology at a budget-friendly price with special pricing of services in our Platinum-Plus, Gold, and Silver Service Plans.
Does insurance cover hearing aids?
Each insurance plan is different and it is strongly recommended you contact your insurance company about your specific plan to see if you have a hearing aid benefit. Some insurance plans do come with a benefit but many do not.
How long should hearing aids last?
Hearing aids should last at least five years if not longer. Many of our patients’ hearing aids last over 7-10 years! Just come in for your regular clean and checks and take good care of your hearing aids and they will continue to last for you. With that said, they are tiny electronic devices and will need an occasional repair to maintain their functionality.
How long should I wear them each day?
Hearing aid users should be wearing their hearing aids at least 8 hours a day, if not more! The more you wear your hearing aids, the easier and faster your brain will adapt to the new sound.