Frequently Asked Questions
Hearing Aid Dealers are limited to testing hearing solely for the purposes of fitting hearing aids. Unlike Audiologists, they may not engage in, nor are they trained to complete diagnostic hearing or balance examinations nor participate in the assessment of patients with tinnitus. Audiologists are uniquely qualified and trained to identify a wide variety of pathology and underlying medical conditions of the hearing and balance systems and to refer these cases for appropriate medical or surgical treatment.
Not only is the scope of practice different, but the training is vastly different as well. To become an audiologist requires eight years of college and completion of a fellowship year. To be more specific, the requirements for Audiologistsinclude:
The requirements for License as a Hearing Aid Dealer includes (as written in the Ohio Revised Code):
The credentials behind the name of the hearing healthcare provider will indicate whether that person is an audiologist or a hearing aid dealer. Audiologists will list the following; MA, MS, PhD, AuD and the word Audiologist after their name. Hearing aid dealers might list HIS which stands for hearing instrument specialist.
Hearing aids start at $1340 per instrument. Most people need two. The price includes not only the hearing device, but also the follow up appointments and services. All digital hearing aids require programming. We include the initial programming, as well as all follow up programming in your price. If your hearing changes, the settings of the hearing aid can also be modified. Hearing aids also require routine cleanings and maintenance. You can expect to have your instruments professionally serviced every 6 months. Cleanings and adjustments are also included in our prices.
The only way to properly determine if hearing aids are a covered benefit is to contact your insurance carrier. Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover hearing instruments. Medicare does not pay for hearing aids.
At the present time we are only servicing hearing instruments that were purchased at or office. Fitting hearing aids is a start to finish job. It begins with a consultation, includes an examination, a needs analysis, a recommendation and follow up adjustments. In some cases the hearing instruments were poorly selected and would not have been recommended by Dr. Krukemyer in the first place. Rather than spin wheels to try and make the competition’s devices sound acceptable, time is better spent working with those who support the mission of Portage Valley Hearing.