What you can expect during your hearing aid consultation:

In order to prepare you for your first visit and address any concerns you might have, we would like to provide you with some important information to help you in this process.

You should schedule about 2 hours for your hearing aid evaluation. If you like, you may ask a relative or friend to join you for the consultation. 

Hearing Test

The first step in the consultation process is a thorough hearing examination by our audiologist to determine whether the use of hearing aids would be appropriate.  The exam will determine if a hearing loss is present, as well as the severity and etiology of the loss.

Medical Examination

Following the hearing test, Dr. Early will review the results, check your ears for wax or infection, and proceed with a medical examination for hearing aid clearance.  The hearing aid clearance is valid for 90 days after your visit.

Hearing Aid Discussion

If amplification is recommended for one or both ears, our audiologist will meet with you to discuss what options are available for your particular loss.  A demonstration pair of hearing aids will be programmed and fit so that you can experience amplified sound.  You are welcome to walk around the building and talk with family members to assess whether the hearing aids improve your communication.

Prior to or during your appointment, our office staff will contact your insurance carrier to determine if you have any hearing aid benefit available for use.  If you decide to pursue hearing aids and have benefits available, our office will file an insurance claim on your behalf


Frequently Asked Questions

Do hearing aids come with a warranty?

Yes, all hearing aids are initially covered with either a one or a two year manufacturer warranty.  This warranty can be extended for an additional 2-3 years.  An extension must be requested prior to the original warranty’s expiration.  In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, our office offers a one year, in-house warranty for minor repairs, reprogramming and cleaning


How long do batteries last?

Batteries are extremely small to accommodate the miniaturization of hearing aids. Due to their limited size and the drain from digital processing, batteries last from 4 ½ days to 2 weeks


What if I lose my aid?

If the hearing aid has loss/damage warranty coverage, the manufacturer will replace the aid one time.  Currently, the deductible per aid is $200.


Does insurance pay for hearing aids?

Medicare does not pay for hearing aids.  A few private insurance companies do provide coverage.  Our office will be happy to provide assistance in determining your policy’s specific benefits.


Do you accept payment plans?

We require payment in full at the hearing aid fitting


Is there a trial period?

We offer a thirty day trial period.  We encourage you to make at least two appointments during those four weeks to check the fitting and reprogram the aids if necessary. You are welcome to call for more appointments if you have questions or concerns.


What if I decide to return the aids?  Will I be reimbursed?

Hearing aids can be returned as long as they are in good working condition.  You will be reimbursed the cost of the aid, minus the cost of the earmold (if one was required) and a $200 dispensing fee per aid.


What brand of hearing aids do you sell?

We sell Phonak,  a well respected manufacturer in the industry.  We offer a variety of styles to fit all degrees of hearing loss.  All aids are digital quality.


Can hearing aids that fit behind the ear be worn with glasses?

Yes, the behind-the-ear aids are so light that people often forget they are wearing them.


Do I have to have two hearing aids?

Generally, if you have a loss in both ears you should use two hearing aids. Your understanding of speech, particularly in background noise, will be significantly better with two aids.   However, you can certainly purchase just one if that is your preference.  Some people begin with two, knowing they can return one at the end of the trial period if they feel only one is necessary.


What if I have excessive ear wax?

All hearing aids come with at least one form of wax guard which protects the receiver from plugging up. Some individuals may need to change these guards more frequently.  They may also require regular ear cleaning.

No hearing aid is perfect, but for most individuals with a hearing impairment, amplification can improve communication. Our goal is to find the best hearing aid for your individual needs.