Do I really need a hearing aid?  

The best way to find out if you need a hearing aid is to have a complete audiological evaluation by a licensed audiologist.  After reviewing the audiometric test results, the audiologist will advise you of the results and determine your candidacy for a hearing aid.  Once the need for amplification has been established, the audiologist will ask a number of questions to analyze situations causing you hearing difficulty.  This is very beneficial in choosing the proper hearing device.

When did I lose my hearing?

Hearing loss can affect any one, at any age.  However, the prevalence of hearing loss increases as we age.  One out of four persons age 65 and over has a hearing loss.  One out of three persons age 75 and over has a hearing loss.  The identification of baby boomers with hearing loss is growing at a very fast rate.

What can a hearing aid do for me?

Improving the overall quality of life is the objective behind using a hearing aid.  Isolation, confusion, and embarrassment are just a few of the conditions caused by hearing loss.  Appropriate amplification coupled with constructive counseling can alleviate these barriers.

Effective hearing aid use is a step-by-step process.  First, the hearing loss needs to by recognized and accepted.  Without the acknowledgement, any other progress will be less than effective.  Education is the second step.  Gain insight on the causes of the hearing loss, how the ear works and what can be done to correct the problem.  Next, find out the available options to improve the situation.  Review all the existing options and make a decision that will best improve your lifestyle.  This is a personal decision that should be based on an individual need.  The amount of improvement one can expect from a hearing aid can be related to the effort put forth by the user.

What do hearing aids cost?

Hearing aids have a wide price range.  The main factors determining the cost of a hearing aid are usually related to the type of technology and not the size.  The less expensive hearing aids usually contain lower grade circuitry.  Hearing aids using advanced technology, with automatic features, tend to have a higher associated cost.  

Is there a trial period?

Each hearing aid comes with a 60 day trial period.  If the user feels he/she is not receiving benefit from the hearing aids he/she may return them for a refund.  The user is responsible for a $150.00 non-refundable dispensing fee.

How do I start the process?

To start the process you should call to make an appointment for a hearing evaluation.  It is also in your best interest to have your ears checked by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician to make sure your hearing can not be improved by medical treatment.  Usually, these appointments can be made on the same day by calling Grand Rapids Ear, Nose & Throat, P.C. at (616)249-8000.