Developing a Long-Term Partnership
Choosing a hearing professional is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and the personal relationships you will develop with our staff will continue long after your initial appointment. We understand that ongoing counseling, periodic adjustments and regular hearing aid cleanings are vital to your continued satisfaction with your investment in better hearing, and we are committed to being here to support your every need.
DID YOU KNOW?
Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall. Click here to read more.
Hearing loss is a common problem with real consequences. Don’t let your active lifestyle be affected by hearing loss. Hearing researchers believe that hearing loss in older adults is the result of one or more causes, such as exposure to loud noises, family history, medications or the natural aging process. Experts recommend having your hearing checked once a year, just as you do your eyes.
Many people today still believe we hear with our ears but our ears are just a conduit to help get the information to the brain.
Watch this short video that explains how sound waves are picked up by our ears and how that energy is sent to our brain.
Receive In Canal (RIC)
Or, “Open-Ear” hearing aids, are the newest design to reduce or eliminate that echo or plugged up feeling wearers sometime experience.
Completely In Canal (CIC)
Completely-In-Canal hearing aids use micro technology allowing them to be worn deep inside the ear canal.
In The Canal (ITC)
In the canal hearing aids are smaller than the ITE style and are also custom made to fit the size and shape of your ear canal.
In The Ear (ITE)
Hearing aids are custom-made and fit comfortably inside the ear.
Hearing aid technology is changing just as fast as computers are!
Understanding how the different levels of technology can improve your understanding of speech in different environments is imperative.
Watch the video above to gain a fuller understanding of what the difference can be between the different levels of technology and how it can help you in different listening enviroments.
Join us to learn how important our hearing is to our overall health and brain fitness.
Discover how you can maintain your best hearing and manage your Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
The presenters in this video are
Susan de Bondt, Au.D.
Senior Clinical Product Specialist at
Widex USA, Inc.,
Scott Aitken, BC-HIS
Premier Hearing Solutions Owner and Specialist.
Some Insurances will pay up to a certain dollar amount or a percentage of the cost of hearing aids.
This is a paid benefit.
There are many programs that are becoming available through your insurance providers that will offer discounts on hearing aids.
This is not a paid benefit.
This is an opportunity to purchase a discounted hearing aid with limited follow-up care, which can be helpful to those with a fixed income.
Tinnitus is not a condition or a disease, it’s a symptom.
Tinnitus is a medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears or head. Typically, sufferers describe the sound as “ringing in ears” though others describe the sound as buzzing, chirping, hissing, whistling or roaring. Tinnitus can be a symptom of high blood pressure, an ear infection, or most common, a hearing loss.
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Patients that decide to invest more into their hearing health typically have much higher satisfaction compared to those who do not.
Can hearing aids reduce these risks? Dr. Lin hopes to find out in a new study, still in the planning stages. “These studies have never been done before,” he notes. “What we do know is that there’s no downside to using hearing aids. They help most people who try them. And in those people, they can make all the difference in the world—allowing people to reengage with friends and family and to be more involved again.”
Although nearly 27 million Americans age 50 and older have hearing loss, only one in seven uses a hearing aid. If you think your hearing has diminished, it’s worth making an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing check, Dr. Lin says. If you have hearing loss, don’t let the following myths keep you from getting help. The Hidden risks of Hearing Loss, JohnsHopkinsmedicine.org
Hearing aid users wait, on average, 10 years before getting help for hearing loss. But during that time, communication with loved ones becomes more difficult, and isolation and health risks increase. “Our findings emphasized just how important it is to be proactive in addressing any hearing declines over time,” says Lin. *John Hopkins University. JohnsHopkinsmedicine.org
It’s normal to feel worried that hearing loss means you’re aging—and to want to hide it. Plenty of people with a hearing impairment sit silently rather than joining in conversations and activities, because they fear that hearing problems will make them seem helpless or less than competent. The truth: Connecting with others can help your brain stay younger and keep you involved with life. JohnsHopkinsmedicine.org
Forget the old days of big, whistling earpieces. Today’s hearing aids and cochlear implants are smaller (and less conspicuous) than ever before. Even celebrities (like former president Bill Clinton and football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary) are wearing them proudly. JohnsHopkinsmedicine.org
There is a breaking-in period as you—and your central auditory system and brain—adjust to life with hearing aids. That’s why most doctors and hearing centers include a trial period, so you can be sure the type you’ve chosen—whether it’s a miniature behind-the-ear model or one that fits into your ear—is right for you. JohnsHopkinsmedicine.org
At present, very few states require health insurers to cover the cost of hearing aids for people of all ages. As a result, 61 percent of users pay the bill themselves. At an average price of $2,350 per ear which includes the equipment, fittings and evaluations, hearing aids can take a bite out of your budget. Factor in the high cost of hearing loss, however, and it is money well spent.
Insurance coverage for hearing aids can be tricky to understand. Most plans do not pay hearing aids. It is more common for insurance plans to offer a discount program for hearing aids. Many Medicare Supplement plans will commonly advertise hearing aid discounts as "hearing aid benefits." These programs may use misleading verbiage in their marketing materials to imply that the plan has hearing aid coverage.
Some insurance plans pay towards the cost of hearing aids.
Common terminology for plans with paid benefits:
*80% of allowed charge.
*$1000 maximum benefit per ear.
*$2500 benefit every 36 months.
Plans that commonly include hearing aid benefits:
-Blue Cross/ Blue Sheild Federal
-Humana Medicare Advantage Supplement
-United Health Care (Commercial)
Many insurance plans offer a discount program for hearing aids instead. Beware of misleading verbiage.
Common terminology for discount plans:
* $385 Co-pay
*Eligible for 2 devices
*Member price $999 for Flyte 9
Examples of discount programs:
Discount programs generally will:
-Reduce your upfront cost.
-Restrict your long-term care.
-Limit the access of quality of hearing aids.