Frequently Asked Questions
When Should I Have My Hearing Tested?
- When you have been identified with a medical condition such as vascular disease, diabetes, depression, kidney disease, dementia or Alzheimer’s
- When you have had a head injury or concussion from accident or sports
- When you have balance problems, falling and dizziness
- When you have pain, drainage or a feeling of fullness in the ears
- When you have had unprotected noise exposure that is painful
- When your mental age appears much older than your chronological age
- When hearing loss runs in the family
- When you have been a long time smoker
- When family, friends and coworkers tell you you’re missing the sounds of life
Will Insurance Help Pay for Hearing Testing and/or Hearing Aids?
Diagnostic hearing testing is a covered service as part of your health care benefits. Qualified insurance accepted: Medicare, BCBS, Coventry, Aetna, TriCare and most other insurance providers. Insurance coverage for hearing aids varies widely based on each individual insurance plan. Please check with your insurance provider for policy specific coverage. Medicare does not have a benefit for hearing aids.
Methods of pay include cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover
Participating provider for American Hearing Benefits
Financing available through: Care Credit, and Kansas Assistive Technology Cooperative
Do Hearing Aids Work?
The answer is yes and as with most things in life, there is no “Best” hearing aid for every person or every hearing loss. As with most technology-based products, we see changes each month throughout the hearing aid industry. We are continually testing and assessing new products from the industry and offer a variety of products from a number of companies to fit many needs and price ranges.
People who want to stay sharp mentally should wear amplification for improved listening. The more you listen with hearing aids, the better your brain gets at recognizing words. Conditioning the auditory cortex of the brain is like any other exercise in that the more you do it the better shape your health is in. It takes time for the brain to learn to recognize words through hearing aids. When people have poor hearing ability they also tend to develop poor listening habits. Paying attention to difficult signals is frustrating for people so they tend to shut themselves off from others and stop trying to hearing.
Yes hearing aids work if you wear them. Hearing with a hearing aid is a skill that must be practiced and exercised in order to be effective. The product technology offers the flexibility, ease of use, comfort and high fidelity sound. The patient provides the attitude, personality, mental abilities, social skills and physical condition to use the equipment.
How Long do Hearing Aids Last?
The average life of a well maintained hearing aid is 4-5 years. Hearing aids are delicate electronic instruments that are affected by moisture, body chemicals, dirt/debris, extreme temperatures and dropping. The components and software become obsolete after many years and require replacement.