Millions of people in America suffer silently with hearing loss. It is not merely a social hindrance--it is actually bad for your health. Studies show, especially in the elderly, hearing loss that is inadequately treated will contribute to a more rapid decline in cognitive abilities. Therefore, it is very important to recognize and properly treat hearing loss as an important part of our overall goal of wellness.
It is often a spouse or other family members who first recognize the signs of hearing loss. The onset may be slow and insidious over a period of years. Eventually patients find themselves having to ask people to repeat themselves or having to turn the TV volume up to a level that other people notice to be too loud.
Communication becomes difficult because words sound jumbled. In fact, patients often lose hearing in the high frequencies before the middle or low frequencies. This can be confusing because many sounds and noises are just as loud for someone with high frequency hearing loss as they would be for a person with normal hearing. However, spoken language includes a lot of consonant sounds that have high frequencies so bits and pieces of each spoken word are just outside the hearing range.
Our licensed audiologist, Mr. Stephen Lamson, will perform your audiometric testing. Our sound booth and testing equipment has been carefully calibrated so that we will know your exact hearing thresholds. We will be able to determine the severity and type of hearing loss for each ear. We perform testing for infants, children, and adults.
Sensorineural hearing loss is usually treated with hearing aids. There has been tremendous advancement in hearing aid technology, similar to the degree of advancement that we have seen with cell phones in the last 20 years. Hearing aids should now be thought of as sophisticated computers with remarkable programmability. Another important advancement with hearing aids has to do with battery technology. Many models are now available with rechargeable batteries, which will save on long term cost.
Patients with hearing or other ear related symptoms will be scheduled for an office visit that will include audiometric testing by our audiologist. Immediately thereafter, patients will receive a thorough history and physical exam from one of our board-certified ear, nose, and throat physicians. We will review all treatment options for the specific causes of hearing loss, which may include medical treatments, surgical treatments, or hearing aids.
If hearing aids are appropriate, we will arrange a separate hearing aid consultation. Patients and loved ones will have an opportunity to learn about current hearing aid technology and our audiologist will determine which products will provide the best results and the highest patient satisfaction.
Most insurance plans have limited or no hearing aid benefits. Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance plans to learn about their hearing aid benefits. Traditional medicare does not cover hearing aids. Some medicare replacement plans or secondary plans may have hearing aid benefits. Our pricing is competitive with other hearing aid centers in DFW. We also offer payment plans that will allow low monthly payments.
There is a 30 day trial period for all of our hearing aids. Most patients can determine within that 30 days of the product is right for them and meets expectations. If patients return the hearing aids during the first 30 days, then the cost of the hearing aids will be refunded, less $200 fee for the audiologist's time. All hearing aids require some ongoing care and adjustment that is included in the purchase price.