Evaluation for Hearing Aids
There are several steps that are part of a hearing aid evaluation. If you suspect that you might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing evaluation. At the time of the hearing evaluation, a case history will be taken to determine how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.
Hearing test results
The results from your hearing test will provide Dr. Steele information on what sounds you may be missing or hearing. The results of this testing will also allow him to make the best treatment recommendations, which typically includes hearing aids.
Hearing aid recommendation
If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids may be recommended. Dr. Steele may explain what sounds you have difficulty hearing, and what hearing aids can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. You will also be able to demo a hearing aid. Dr. Steele will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. Some hobbies and occupations may benefit from different hearing aid styles or features, so you will fill out a questionnaire to assist during the evaluation process. The final decision on which hearing aids are purchased is your choice, but Dr. Steele will make recommendations on the best options for your particular needs.
Once you make a decision, Dr. Steele may take impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds. Hearing aids must be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by Dr. Steele to meet your specific hearing needs. There is an adjustment period when wearing hearing aids, so he may make additional changes to your settings to ensure you’re getting the best listening experience possible. Dr. Steele always says "We are always looking for improvement, never perfection."
does my insurance cover anything?
Some insurance companies provide a reimbursement or certain allowance on hearing aids. Federal or NC state employees and WellCare insurance can see anywhere from $500 to $2,500 for a hearing aid allowance every 3 years. We will help you fill out your claim form and send it in for you.
Other insurance companies are now providing a discount program for hearing aids. You have to see one of their preferred providers in order to take advantage of the discount program. We are a provider with Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, United Healthcare, Aetna and Mutual of Omaha. These discount programs can offer you anywhere from $500 - $4,000 off a set of hearing aids. Be sure to bring in your insurance card at the time of your appointment and our staff will look into your coverage.