Hearing Aid Services
As a service to our community members and patients who have hearing impairments we offer comprehensive hearing aid services for children and adults.
Over 24 million Americans suffer some form of hearing impairment. Some hearing problems can be treated by surgical or medical intervention. Most hearing problems, about 90%, can only be helped by the use of amplification or hearing aids.
Being able to hear well is a quality of life issue. The sounds of a loved one’s voice or the bird chirping can bring joy to our ears. When our ears don't work properly we can become frustrated, depressed or embarrassed. Sometimes our safety is at stake.
Hearing impairments are strongly associated with the aging process, but can be the result of disease, lifestyle, genetics or trauma. Once developed, a hearing impairment is usually permanent and may get progressively worse as time goes on.
Hearing aids come in many different types and styles and can be tailored to meet your performance, lifestyle, appearance and budget needs. Today’s hearing aids can be adapted for use with Bluetooth telephones, TV, computers and iPods and MP3 players. Our purpose in helping you with hearing aids is to maximize your potential and help make communication easier.
Potential and experienced hearing aid users usually have many questions regarding the products and services provided by our office. In order to clarify our policies and to better introduce ourselves, we offer the following information.
Our audiologist, Daniel T. Bigart, Au.D. is here to help you. The first step to resolving a hearing disorder is a thorough examination and evaluation of your ears and hearing. This will determine the type and severity of your hearing loss and allow us to discuss treatment options that are available to help.
Our audiologist is certified and licensed with a Doctorate of Audiology in the study of hearing and hearing disorders. He has extensive training and experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing loss, including the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids. He works in close association with Dr. Klingensmith and Dr. Bosley, so that all of your hearing health care needs can be done in the same office.
Please read these Hearing Aid FAQs from the American Academy of Audiology for helpful information as you consider the use of hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Evaluations
After candidacy for the hearing aid (s) has been established, and the patient has decided to consider purchase, the following occurs:
1. A general discussion regarding hearing aids, benefit to be derived, and adjusting to the use of hearing aids.
2. The size and style are selected.
3. A decision is made to obtain either one (monaural) or two (binaural) hearing aids.
4. Impressions are made to obtain molds of the ears.5. An appointment is made for two to three weeks later to fit the hearing aids. This appointment will take about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours, and the patient's spouse, family and caregivers are welcome to attend.
The hearing aid fitting involves tuning the hearing aid to fit the patient's hearing loss and comfort. Computerized verification of the fitting is completed by using probe microphone Real Ear Measurement (REM). REM tests ensure an accurate and appropriate fit for the patient's hearing loss. The patient will be oriented ot the use, care and function of the hearing aid.
A thirty-day trial period is available for all hearing aids. If the patient is not satisfied they simply return the hearing aid for a refund, however there may be a nominal charge to cover time or materials.
Warranty and Repairs
Our new hearing aids are warrantied for repairs and loss/damage. Typically, a one or two year warranty accompanies new hearing aid purchases. Extended warranties are available at an additional cost. Simple repairs services are performed in the office. Extensive repairs will generally require the aid to be returned to the manufacturer.