Hearing Aid Fitting
Buying hearing aids in St. Louis can be a challenging process. Partnering with a Sound Health Hearing Care audiologist is the best way to select the type of hearing solution that is right for you.
A July 2009 article from Consumer Reports talks about the consumer benefits of purchasing hearing aids from audiologists working with ENT specialists.
After the hearing test, our licensed audiologists may refer you to our highly trained ENT specialists if medically necessary for an evaluation before pursuing hearing aids. Once you receive medical clearance or if there is no need for a medical evaluation, our audiologist will then help you determine if hearing aids would be beneficial. It the answer is yes, then we will discuss with you the latest hearing aid technology.
Choosing the right hearing aid is a process that requires a consultation with a qualified hearing professional. We take the time to help you learn how hearing solutions compare with one another.
In our consultation with patients, some of the following items will be discussed:
- Hearing test results describing the type and degree of hearing loss
- One versus two hearing aids
- Style and technology of the hearing aids
- Budget, lifestyle and communication demands
The cost of hearing aids varies widely — from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Professional fees, remote controls and other hearing aid options may cost extra. Our Audiologists will talk with you about your needs and expectations. If cost is an issue, good instruments are still available at reasonable prices. Some private insurance policies cover part or all of the cost of hearing aids, but you need to check with your policy to be sure. Medicare doesn't cover the cost of hearing aids.
All hearing aids are sold with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If your hearing does not improve, then you are entitled to a refund (minus a small fitting fee).
At Sound Health Hearing Care you can experience better hearing with minimal risk!
After the Purchase: Breaking in your Hearing Aid
Getting used to a hearing aid takes time. Your listening skills should improve gradually as you become accustomed to amplification. The sound you hear is different because it's amplified. Even your own voice sounds strange when you wear a hearing aid.
When first using a hearing aid, keep these points in mind:
Hearing aids won't return your hearing to normal. Unlike corrective eyewear that restores your vision to normal, hearing aids can't restore normal hearing. They can improve your hearing, however, by amplifying soft sounds and reducing loud background noises.
You should allow time to get used to the hearing aid. It may take several weeks or months before you're used to the hearing aid. But the more you use it, the more quickly you'll adjust to amplified sounds.
Though it may be awkward at first, over time you'll adjust to the device and enjoy your enhanced ability to hear and communicate in a variety of situations. By wearing your hearing aid regularly and taking good care of it, you'll likely notice significant improvements in your quality of life.
After purchasing hearing aids, we provide you with a trial period to make sure that you are fully satisfied with your hearing aids. We believe a hearing aid should come with an adaptation period. It may take you a while to get used to the device and decide if it's useful. It is important to remember that hearing aids can't restore normal hearing or eliminate all background noise. Our hearing aids include a warranty that covers both parts and labor for a specific amount of time. Often, loss and damage warranties are also provided.
ENT Now offers same day hearing testing and hearing aid appointments. Call to make an appointment or simply walk in to be seen by an audiologist.
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