Hearing Aid Dispensing Policy
Before a hearing aid is recommend to a patient, the staff of The Hearing Institute will request medical clearance from a physician, preferably an otolaryngologist or otologist, to rule out any medical condition(s) that preclude the use of amplification. This policy is done in the patient’s best interest. Medical clearance may be provided by Dr. Aijaz Alvi or Dr. Dina Golbin-Hallett of the Specialty Care Institute, or your own physician.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
Once medical clearance has been obtained, the patient will be seen for a Hearing Aid Evaluation. During this appointment, the audiologist at The Hearing Institute will discuss the patient’s hearing loss and its impact on communication. Various styles and technology levels of hearing aids will be discussed. Most patients and their families have many questions that will be addressed. Make sure to bring a companion to make sure all questions are answered. One hour is devoted for the initial hearing aid evaluation. There is no charge for this appointment.
The Hearing Institute works with several hearing aid manufacturers (Unitron, Phonak, Oticon, GN Resound, Widex, Siemens and Starkey) that offer digital hearing aids in a variety of styles and sizes. The Hearing Institute also offers assistive listening devices (i.e. telephone amplifiers/amplified telephones, TV Ears, etc.) and hearing aid accessories (devices to connect via Bluetooth to cell phones, televisions, etc.) according to patient needs and lifestyle. The cost of a hearing aid varies from approximately $1500 to $3500 for each aid, based on circuitry and features. Once the hearing aid(s) are ordered, the aid will arrive in approximately two weeks or sooner, depending on the style, for which a second appointment is scheduled. Full payment of the hearing aid is required at the fitting appointment.
Hearing Aid Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, the audiologist will program the hearing aids and discuss several features of the aid including: how to insert and remove the aid from the ear, change the batteries, clean and maintain the aids, etc. The owner of the aids will have an adjustment period of 30 days. This adjustment period allows for any necessary fine-tuning of the aids.
Medicare and Hearing Aids
Medicare does not pay for hearing aid evaluations, hearing aids, or services related to hearing aids. The Hearing Institute does not accept any insurance contracts for payment of hearing aids. If you are aware of any coverage for hearing aids by your insurance, you will be responsible for obtaining reimbursement.
Our office offers Care Credit as a payment option.