It depends upon several factors. First step in the process is to set up an appointment with our office for a complimentary hearing evaluation. Based upon what we find during this test will decide what hearing aid size and hearing aid sound processing technology is the most appropriate for your hearing loss pattern. We offer 30% to 50% discount on the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), depending upon which model is chosen. We are a member of a large buying group which helps us to purchase hearing aids from any major manufacturer at deep discounts so that we can pass the savings on to our patients.
In some months we do receive special promotional pricing from a specific manufacturer. We usually pass this on to you.
The price quote will be provided at the end of the free consultation and complimentary hearing evaluation. The price quote includes:
- Hearing evaluation
- Earmold impressions
- Fitting and programming of the hearing instrument
- 60 days of followup service and adjustments with a 100% refund if you decide to return the instruments.
- 3 year warranty against repair and 3 year, one time replacement warranty against loss or damage with a minimal restocking fee of around $100.
You have a 60 day trial period which begins the day you are fitted with the hearing instruments. You will need to come in a few times for hearing aids adjustments. During this period if you decide that you do not want the hearing instruments you can return them for a full refund. There are no hidden charges.
Medicare does not cover hearing aids. Some insurance plans will assist with the cost of hearing aids. Call your insurance company to see if hearing instruments is a covered benefit. Most insurance companies will not cover Advanced Technology, programmable Analog or Digital, hearing instruments.
We are providers for the following health plans:
- Blue-Cross/ LA Unified School District
- Union Plans: United Healthcare, United Mining, elevator operator, meat cutters Union,etc.
- Workers Compensation Plans
- Medi-Cal Health Insurance, Medi-Cal HMO Plans such as Care 1st, HealthNet, Blue Cross
- Cigna Healthcare Plan
We can help you to check for the coverage when you visit us for your complimentary hearing evaluation and inform you accordingly.
There has been some drammatic developments in Digital technolgy. Some manufacturer now have higher power instruments available in Behind-The-Ear style. Digital instruments focus more on clarity of sound rather than loudness. Analog technology is the most appropriate for those with severe to profound hearing loss. This may change in the future.
Digital Circuitry is a bit clearer in noise, may have a noise reduction circuit for reducing constant steady state noise, and has automatic volume control as a standard feature.
It all depends on your hearing test or audiogram. Every individual has unique needs. Some individuals need to hear well on the cell phones while driving or hear Television well without turning up the loudness. In such cases blueooth technology is a big help. For an individual with severe hearing loss, feedback suppression feature is more important to avoid whistling when he hugs someone. For an individual who can not hear bird chirping, “sound recover” is a useful feature. For an individual who can not sleep well due to ringing in the ear, tinnitus masking circuit is helpful. For a teacher or a judge or a heart specialist who needs to hear every word or sound, a premium technology hearing instrument with wide bandwidth, upto 10 KHz , 20 to 48 channels, and the instrument’s ability to amplify only soft sounds is important. In short, your hearing instrument specialist should be able to help you select an instrument that meets your hearing loss, your lifestyle and your daily hearing needs.
- If you hear conversation loud enough but can not understand the words, or
- If you often ask others to repeat, or
- If you find it difficult to understand conversation in noise, or
- If you have trouble hearing on the telephone, or
- If you have difficulty hearing your spouse, or
- If others mention you play the radio or television too loudly,
you may be experiencing some hearing loss. It usually takes 5 to 7 years before you notice that your hearing dropped 35 % or greater from the normal hearing thresholds.