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An estimated 48 million people (20 percent) in the United States are diagnosed with hearing loss. If left untreated, hearing loss can result in communication difficulties, which research has shown can lead to isolation, depression, increased anxiety and other physical and emotional health problems.

If your physician determines that you have hearing loss and it cannot be treated by medical or surgical intervention, hearing aids may be an option for you. 

What is a Hearing Aid? 

A hearing aid is an FDA-approved medical device which converts an incoming acoustic signal into digital input intended to be used for those with a hearing impairment. The device is programmed to specific frequencies dependent on the individual’s degree of loss and configuration to improve speech intelligibility.

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Hearing Aids? 

Common misconceptions include, but are not limited to, the cosmetics, association with age and expectations of functionality. Hearing aids have evolved tremendously over time. Small, more discrete devices can at times be built to accommodate severe losses.

Hearing loss can be detected at any age, so it is important to have realistic expectations regarding hearing aids. The goal is to help improve speech understanding, especially in complex listening situations. The level of technology of the device can directly impact how much benefit you perceive in specific listening environments. Your hearing aids will be optimized to provide optimal hearing in the environments where you struggle most.

 

What is the Cost of Hearing Aids?

 

While the focus is to help improve quality of life and address your hearing health concerns, we understand that cost is an important factor. We offer multiple options to help meet individual hearing needs while being cognizant of budget. We offer financial options in the form of CareCredit with interest-free payment plans. The audiologist will review all available options during the hearing aid evaluation.