Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices
Hearing aids are useful for all degrees of hearing loss, from slight to profound. Hearing aids are small, battery-operated amplifiers worn in or behind the ear. Small microphones are used to pick up sounds in the environment. These sounds are then made louder so that you can hear them better. Hearing aids cannot restore your hearing to normal, but they can make communication easier in most situations.
ProHealth Hearing & Balance fits and dispenses sophisticated hearing aids and accessories to suit all types of hearing loss and lifestyles. We actively participate in the prevention of hearing loss through the fitting of hearing protective devices, consultation on the effects of noise on hearing, and patient education. By working with a number of leading hearing aid manufacturers, we are able to meet the technological and budgetary needs of our patients.
Hearing aids are available in many different styles and technology levels. The technology and style of the hearing aid is a decision that is made following a comprehensive evaluation/consultation appointment with you. At that time, we assess your needs, preferences, and budget. There isn’t one perfect style or manufacturer, as everyone’s listening needs are different. Your success will depend on your hearing loss, the hearing aids, and your motivation. We highly recommend having a family member accompany you to this appointment.
While some insurance companies cover the cost of hearing aids (or a portion), it is important to check your individual coverage to understand the terms. We are happy to check with your insurance company for you.
About Hearing Aids
1. Properly-fitted hearing aids provide improved understanding of speech in most environments.
2. While hearing aids do not “block out background noise,” today’s hearing aid circuits allow noise to be managed for greater comfort.
3. You will get the most benefit from your hearing aids when you wear them everyday. It takes time to become accustomed to hearing aids, and the more you wear them, the more comfortable sounds will be.
4. Hearing aid prices include selection, fitting, verification, and validation, along with long-term maintenance.
5. There are many types, styles, manufacturers, and prices of hearing aids. The “best” hearing aids are those that are fit for a) your hearing loss and lifestyle, b) the size and shape of your ear, and c) your budget.
6. Most people need two hearing aids—people hear best with two ears.
7. Hearing can change over time, and most hearing aids can be programmed to adapt to your changing needs.
Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing aids are available in different sizes and styles. This includes very small in-the-ear styles up to behind-the-ear styles. Today’s hearing aids are cosmetically appealing and are available in a variety of colors.