These two senses are your two most important senses. They play a critical role in your quality of life we now treat both.
Associated Eye Care is proud to now offer comprehensive Hearing Services. Staffed by a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist, our Hearing Services program utilizes the latest technology in diagnostic hearing testing equipment and state-of-the-art hearing aids from premier manufacturers, available at every price point.
At Associated Eye Care, you will receive the same superior service for your hearing care that you have come to expect for your vision. A comprehensive hearing evaluation is now included as part of your total wellness package.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEARING LOSS
Why does my eye doctor have a hearing program?
Our vision and our hearing function together inseparably during every minute of every day. These two senses together create your 3-dimensional awareness of your environment. Neither works particularly well without the other and unfortunately, both tend to fail as the years go by. Leading eye groups across the United States now evaluate and treat vision and hearing problems together.
How common is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health care problems facing older adults. More than 55 million Americans are estimated to suffer from hearing loss that is significant enough to have a debilitating effect on communication and 80% of that group is undiagnosed or untreated.
As our population continues to age, the problem of hearing loss continues to grow. Recent studies show that up to 50% of Baby Boomers are experiencing significant hearing loss as much as 20 years earlier in life than prior generations.
Will my family doctor tell me if I have hearing problem?
Unfortunately, statistics suggest that only about 15% of family doctors address hearing loss. The onset of symptoms is gradual and your family doctor is likely to be concerned about other immediate health issues. As specialists in vision care, we are acutely aware of the importance of evaluating and treating sensory losses that affect everyday living.
What are the signs of hearing loss?
Difficulty hearing conversations in crowded places
Ringing or other noises in your ears
Friends and family members commenting that you don’t seem to hear them
Other complaining that you watch TV with the volume too high
Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
Feeling that people are mumbling, speaking too fast or speaking unclearly in everyday conversations
Difficulty understanding women or young children’s voices
Trouble knowing where sounds are coming from
What should I expect during a hearing evaluation?
We use state-of-the-art equipment to perform a comprehensive audiogram. The audiogram measures your ability to hear pure tones at various frequencies and to hear and understand speech. In addition, your hearing specialist will obtain a detailed history of your experience (if any) with classic symptoms of hearing loss and any sudden or unusual progression that would indicate the need for evaluation by a specialist in otology. Test results, recommendations and treatment options will be reviewed with you in detail.
If I have hearing loss, will I need hearing aids?
Every case of hearing loss is different. For approximately 90% of all cases, hearing instruments of some kind are the only treatment option because the problem is not medically or surgically correctable or reversible. In some cases, further consultation by a specialist in ENT/Otology is appropriate and your hearing specialist will discuss this with you following your evaluation.
Can’t I just get by without hearing aids?
Untreated hearing loss is more noticeable than you think. Clinical studies show that untreated hearing loss dramatically impacts quality of life for you and for those closest to you. Miscommunication is noticeable to others and can lead to negative changes in your personality. Many people with untreated hearing loss gradually withdraw from activities that they enjoy, leading to frustration, depression and potentially more complicated psychosocial changes.
Aren’t hearing aids unsightly and uncomfortable?
Digital technology is revolutionary today, and miniaturization of components has enable most patients to wear tiny devices that are virtually impossible to see and hardly noticeable to the wearer. As we have stated before, every case of hearing loss is different, and the most appropriate hearing instruments for any particular patient depend on the extent of the loss, the activity level of the patient, and the performance demands on the instruments themselves.
Why should I choose this practice instead of some other local hearing aid store?
Simply stated – “vision and hearing go together.” We use the finest technology available, first rate clinical staff, and the combination of care for your eyes and ears under the watchful eye of your trusted doctor.
What if my new hearing instruments just don’t work for me?
We have a 30-day trial period. If you are dissatisfied with your hearing instruments, you may return them within the 30-day period and receive a refund, or exchange them for a different style that better meets your needs.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Quality hearing instruments are available in all price ranges and are competitively priced. We do not use promotional pricing, misleading advertising or sell outdated technology or discontinued models which can make the process of selecting a hearing aid confusing. You can be assured of being prescribed the correct hearing instruments at an excellent price. We offer patient financing, including interest-free loans.
Does Medicare cover hearing aids?
No, Medicare does not pay for hearing instruments just as they typically do not pay for eyeglasses or contact lenses for most vision problems.
How do I schedule an exam?
We now routinely screen for indication of hearing loss in all of our patients; however, you can call and schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation by calling our office and scheduling an exam at anytime. A comprehensive hearing evaluation is included as part of the total package of care that we provide at no additional cost.