At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine your type of hearing problem. Questions will also be asked about the onset of your hearing loss, presence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and dizziness. Based on the results of the audiological evaluation (hearing test) and the answers to these questions, your options will be discussed. Your options may include hearing aids, assistive devices, aural rehabilitation or a referral to a medical doctor for further evaluation.
There are a variety of hearing aids from which to choose. I will use the information that was provided in the case history and in the audiological evaluation to help narrow the choices for you. Ultimately, the final decision on which hearing device to purchase is yours.
Digital Hearing Aid Technology
Digital hearing aids contain a computer chip so they can be individually programmed with a computer. Digital hearing aids can act on soft sounds in one way and on loud sounds in a completely different fashion. They also have a variety of bands or equalizers. Depending on the level of digital technology, there may be as few as two bands or as many as twenty or more. The more advanced the digital chip, the more bands it will possess. Some digital hearing aids have the capability to reduce environmental noises such as running motors or clanging dishes.
What questions should I ask before buying a hearing aid?
What features would be most useful to me?
This all depends on your lifestyle and hearing loss.
What is the total cost of the hearing aid?
Our packages range from $2,000 to $5,500 per pair.
Is there a trial period to test the hearing aids?
We offer a 30-day, no money down trial period, which is virtually unheard of in the industry.
How long is the warranty?
We offer One to two-years warrenties, depending on the level of technology.
Can the warranty be extended?
Yes, yearly extended warranties cost $200 per device.
Does the warranty cover future maintenance and repairs?
Yes, it also covers loss and damage claims. Once per device with a $300 deductible.
Can the audiologist make adjustments and provide servicing and minor repairs?
Yes, during the warranty period, these visits are no charge.
Will loaner aids be provided when repairs are needed?
Yes, on a limited basis.
Are basic supplies (batteries, tubin and cleaning supplies) included?
Most of these items will be included in the initial purchase and throughout the first year after purchase.
However, subsequent supplies will need to be purchased. It should be noted that supplies are generally inexpensive.