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FAQ

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What will happen at my appointment?

First, we will review your concerns and your medical history. A complete ear examination and thorough diagnostic evaluation will be done. The audiologist will then review the results in detail with you. If it is determined that the loss may be secondary to an ear problem or medical condition, you will be referred next door to Mid-Maryland ENT Specialists to see one of the excellent ENT physicians on staff for further treatment. In most cases, however, hearing loss will occur just as a natural, progressive process and can’t be repaired surgically or medically. For these types of hearing losses, hearing aids are often the best and only treatment option.

How do I know which hearing aid is best for me?

That’s our expertise! We know that selecting hearing aids can be an overwhelming process. There are many different options, styles and features available. We will go through each of these considerations and work with you to provide our recommendation as to which style and technology level will best fit your hearing loss, communication needs, lifestyle, and budget. Remember that no two people or hearing losses are the same. Do not expect the brand or style that works for your friend to be recommended for you.

Do I need two hearing aids?

Our ears work together to send information about the sounds we hear to our brains. Our brains are wired to process sounds in “stereo”. That is why there is an ear on each side of our head. If hearing loss is present in both ears, in most cases, a hearing aid is needed in each ear. It is often much more difficult to adjust to only wearing one hearing aid and for some people can be an unsatisfactory experience.

Wearing two hearing aids provides better understanding of speech, better understanding in groups and noisy situations, better sound quality, wider hearing range (sounds can be heard from further distances with both ears), better ability to localize or identify where a sound is coming from, and provides balanced hearing.

Will my insurance pay for my hearing aids?

Most insurance companies, including Medicare, will not cover the cost of hearing aids, fitting fees, or other hearing aid appointments. You will need to contact your insurance company to check your specific policy and benefits.