Hearing Check List

We proudly provide care for adults, and seniors. reNew Hearing® understands the need for consistent care. We treat each patient like family. Our compassionate, professional staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible.
 
Because we are Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist owned, we are patient driven. This means that we can focus more on providing excellent care, and less on the bottom line. We provide effective care that is responsive to the needs of the community. Being independently owned means that we are able to focus on you!
 
You've got lots to gain and nothing to lose with our special FREE hearing aid trial and services!
 
 

Purchasing a hearing aid: A checklist


Which type is best for you? (With pricing)

 
This consumer checklist is drawn from the Consumer Reports testing and shopping experience, Consumer Reports audiology consultants, and from the resources of the Hearing Loss Association of America, an advocacy and support group. We provide everything listed below and more:
 
1. Initial visit to our office (meeting with the Hearing Instrument Specialist)

Our office:
  • Has convenient business hours.
  • Makes it easy to schedule an appointment. 
  • Describes our provider's training and experience
  • Provides information on demand on up-to-date state licenses. 
  • Offers walk-in repair service.
You should:
  • Bring a family member, significant other, or friend.
  • Take notes during visits.

2. Medical clearance and other basics

Our office:
  • We will ask you to sign a waiver required by the Food and Drug Administration in lieu of a medical exam. (The waiver allows you to exercise the right to make your own decisions but only after stating, for example, that your best health interests would be served if you had a medical evaluation by a licensed physician before purchasing a hearing aid or aids.)
OR:
  • Requires a medical examination, or asks if your ears have been checked recently by an ear, nose, and throat doctor or other licensed physician.

3. Testing and lifestyle information

Our Specialist:
  • Discusses with you the effect of hearing loss on your lifestyle and relationships at home, work, school, or when going out, for example (or has you complete a questionnaire). The questions should include how well you hear conversations on the telephone.
  • Asks about your manual dexterity (your ability to handle small batteries or controls, for example) and/or vision problems that might affect your ability to handle hearing aids. 
  • Gives you the opportunity to discuss your lifestyle, interests, and activities, which might affect the choice of styles and features. 
  • Gives you the opportunity to discuss the listening situations, such as noisy or large rooms, theaters, or meetings, in which you have the most difficulty hearing. 
  • Tests your hearing in a soundproof booth and conducts other hearing tests (to gauge your ability to understand certain words and sentences, for instance). 
  • Gives you a copy of the hearing test results and fully explains them. 
  • Discusses realistic expectations (what hearing aids will and will not do).

4. Picking brands, styles, features, and controls

Our Specialist:
  • Mentions which hearing-aid brands we work with, and why we recommend a particular brand for you.
  • Reviews the pros and cons (including cost trade-offs) of different hearing-aid styles and features (such as Bluetooth, remote control, telecoil, feedback suppression, noise reduction, and manual-volume control). 
  • Considers your personal preferences concerning style, aesthetics, color, cost, and features.

5. Picking up your new hearing aid

Testing:
  • Our Hearing Instrument Specialist conducts a real-ear test to properly adjust the aid as well as other tests of hearing and understanding speech in quiet and noisy environments.

6. Use and maintenance

Our Specialist:
  • Asks you if the aid and/or ear molds fit comfortably, and makes necessary adjustments while you wait.
  • Discusses the battery type for your hearing aid, battery life, the handling of batteries, where to buy them, where to store them, and the importance of keeping spare batteries handy. 
  • Explains controls (for volume and program changes, for instance) and has you practice using them. 
  • Discusses what squealing (feedback) means, and what to do about it. 
  • Reviews how to insert the aids, including discerning right from left. 
  • Teaches you how to clean and store the hearing aids and keep them free of wax. 
  • Explains precautions, such as not getting the units wet and removing them during radiological and other diagnostic testing. 
  • Has you practice using the telephone with your aids. 
  • Discusses why you don't need a telecoil (if your chosen aid doesn't have the feature). 
  • Outlines a schedule for wearing the aids until you get used to them. 
  • Advises you to keep track of when and where the aids help and don't help, so adjustments can be made.

7. Financial issues and contract details

You:
  • Get a written contract detailing the cost of the aids, the cost of the provider's services, unlimited follow-up visits included in the cost (warranty period), the brand and model of the hearing aids, and the date and place of sale.
Our Office:
  • Helps you determine what your health insurance will pay toward the aids.
  • Mentions other potential ways to offset the cost of your hearing aids. 
  • Offers you to purchase loss/damage insurance that will go into effect when the warranty expires, only when you need it. We recommend you contact your Home Owner's or Renter's Insurance company who may at little or no cost add hearing aids to your policy.
 
8. Disclosure

Our Office or Specialist:
  • Explains and offers written information about the trial period, fees charged if you return the aids within the trial period, options for trying a different model, and whether the trial period is suspended if you have to wait for a repair.
  • Explains the length of the warranty period and what is and is not covered (e.g., replacing a lost aid and repairing or replacing a non functioning ones). 
  • Offers to be flexible about the trial period and/or other aspects of purchase. 
  • Gives you a copy of the product brochure and reviews its contents with you in detail. 
  • Schedules a follow-up appointment with you to make sure everything is working properly.
  • Calls you at home a few days after the initial fitting to see how you are doing.

9. Proper fitting, adjustment
  • Conducts verification tests, may include a real-ear test. This test, also called a real-ear measure, involves placing a thin probe in your ear while you're wearing your hearing aid to measure the match between your hearing loss and the response of your hearing aid.
  • Asks you how the hearing aids improve your understanding of others at home, at work, in meetings, in restaurants, and in other quiet and noisy situations. 
  • Answers your questions and concerns about any discomfort and/or difficulty of use. 
  • Makes adjustments to the aids based on your comments. 
  • Teaches you troubleshooting strategies to fix problems yourself. 
  • Reviews use and maintenance tips.

10. Using hearing aids with other technologies
  • Discusses the compatibility of your aids with cell phones and other cordless phones.
  • Discusses using or supplementing your hearing aids with assistive listening devices such as FM and infrared systems, and audio loops. 
  • Mentions other assistive and safety devices, such as light-up doorbells, special smoke alarms, and vibrating alarm clocks. 
     

 



MEDICAL, TECHNOLOGICAL AND SURGICAL SOLUTIONS FOR HEARING LOSS

Did you know that the FDA requires Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers to advise patients to receive medical clearance from a physician, ideally an Ear, Nose and Throat physician, prior to fitting a hearing aid? If the patient declines to receive medical clearance, the patient must sign a waiver stating they understand that they are declining medical clearance even though it is in their best interests.
 
The bottom line is, hearing loss is best treated with a partnership between an ENT Physician and Hearing Specialist. There are many reasons why your hearing may not be optimal. Although devices may be recommended in some circumstances, they are not always necessary or the right answer to solve hearing problems. Sometimes, fluid, infection, wax or other more serious medical conditions can play a role in hearing loss.
 
reNew Hearing works closely with Comprehensive Otolaryngology to make sure that our patients have the best treatment options available for their specific type of hearing loss.

MYTHS:

Myth 1: They are uncomfortable and unattractive
Ironically, this myth persists because modern hearing instruments are so well concealed that most people never see them. The styles most people see in public are actually older generation units worn either directly in the ear or in a large behind-the-ear-case. Today's instruments are an astonishing blend of camouflage and miniaturization that disappear behind the ear, tinted to blend with your hair or skin color. They are ultra-light, and you barely feel the receiver as it hovers over your ear canal and delivers natural, vibrant sound.



 
Myth 2: They will make me look old.
The people you meet may not even notice you're wearing a hearing device. But, you'll notice a huge difference in how you communicate with them. Today's hearing devices let you hear what you need to hear with greater comfort and convenience. They are discreet and elegant.
 
Myth 3: Hearing instruments are not for me. Not yet anyway...
People who believe they have only slightly impaired hearing make the mistake of thinking that they don't have much to gain from a hearing instrument. It's a shame, because they waste years of their lives coping and adapting, and missing out on the joy of being more fully engaged with family, friends and colleagues. The only way to understand what you're missing is to try these state-of-the art hearing instruments in your own home, your own office and your own daily life. If you're suffering from hearing loss, you'll see how these devices can pull you back into the more vibrant life you love, in a way that adapting, coping and older hearing technology cannot.
 
Hearing devices can adapt to the environment so you can follow conversations in a variety of situations—restaurants, phone calls, sporting events. Break out of your shell and redefine your expectations of style and comfort.


 
Myth 4: They cost a lot of money
While some premium hearing aids can sell for several thousand dollars per pair, there are affordable options available in every price range, starting at $595 each. Also, more insurance plans now offer a benefit to help with the purchase of hearing aids and easy payment plans are available. Your Specialist can advise you on the best choices and options for you.
 
 

What to expect from a Detailed No-charge Hearing Device Consultation at our Office


You should consult a physician (preferably an ENT) first to rule out any underlying medical condition.
At your first appointment with the Hearing Instrument Specialist:
Consists of Hearing Testing and Hearing Aid Consultation
Communication Needs Assessment
What problems are your hearing loss causing in your life?
Will you need help with the telephone or the cell phone?
Do you attend classes, meetings, worship services?
Can you hear the television well at a normal level?
Do you eat out at restaurants frequently or do you live in a residential facility? Your specialist needs to know the answers to all this about you and more in order to make the best recommendation.
 
Hearing Assessment
Ear Inspection to make sure there is no excessive wax or reason to refer to a physician
Testing – Tone testing for air and bone, and speech understanding as a minimum
Review Test Results – explain results in language you can understand and explain effects of hearing loss on daily life
 
Treatment Options
While hearing aids are usually the recommendation, they aren’t the only answer. You might need accessories to help you hear better on the telephone, cell phone, to listen to television more easily or to hear a companion’s voice in a crowded place. In fact, hearing aids might not be the answer for you. Some other assistive listening device may work better in your situation. Again, your audiologist can best advise you.

Demonstration
Just like a test drive, a demonstration of hearing aids programmed for your hearing loss is the best way to experience what it would be like to wear hearing aids. You have the option of purchasing the aids with a 100% money back guarantee to try them out in your own surroundings with your family and friends for 45 to 85 days!


            
 
 
 
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