Hearing aids are often the most practical route to correct hearing loss. Thankfully, hearing aids have come a long way with many technological advances in the past few years. They are more cosmetically appealing, more durable, and have better sound quality. Digital technology is more advanced resulting in better hearing, sound quality, and patient satisfaction. Hearing aids make speech clearer allowing a person with hearing loss to listen better, communicate, and ultimately participate more fully in their daily life. Sadly, only 20% of people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually use them. Recent studies have also linked hearing loss and a loss of cognitive function.
Hearing aids work by collecting sounds from the environment using microphones. The hearing aid then takes those sounds from the environment, processes them digitally to enhance speech clarity, and then transmits them into your ear using a receiver.
There are many types of hearing aids available today and it can be difficult to choose the right one. Your hearing aid should match your lifestyle and your hearing loss. Our comprehensive testing and evaluation is key to your success. In addition, there are many new features and accessories available to help resolve some of the issues hearing aid users have been dealing with over the years. Our hearing specialists will assist you in the selection of the most appropriate hearing aid for you. We represent all the major brands of hearing aids and hearing aid accessories.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Accessories and Assistive Listening Devices Can Include:
- Blue Tooth Devices
- Remote Controls
- TV Live Streamers
- Remote Microphones
- Phone Apps for iPhone and Android
- Hearing Protection
- Hearing Impaired Telephones
Ask our Hearing Specialists about the many accessories available to improve your listening ability.
Premium Care Plan
Every New Hearing Aid purchased will now come with PREMIUM CARE BENEFITS!
Our PREMIUM CARE PLAN is designed to bring you exceptional worry-free hearing aid care throughout the life of your hearing instrument and includes:
- Pre and post-fitting evaluations
- Set-up and connection of accessories
- Written materials such as communication strategies, restaurant guidelines etc.
- Initial consultation for amplification
- Completion of communication needs assessment
- Completion of the lifestyle questionnaire
- Counseling on the care, use and maintenance of the hearing aid
- Assistance with obtaining a CapTel (captioned) telephone and other helpful devices
- Telephone training and program set-up
- Adjustments and programming for the life of the hearing aid
- Hearing aid clean and checks every 4 months
- Batteries for the first three years after fitting
- Dehumidifier dispensed at the fitting
- Tubing changes for behind-the-ear aids
- In-office earmold and shell modifications
- Dome changes
- Wax filter changes
A hearing test must be completed before making an appointment for a Hearing Aid Evaluation. The test needs to be current, ideally within the last six months. The evaluation of your hearing is not included in the hearing aid pricing.
A licensed Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist will work with you to select your hearing aids. Information used to determine what hearing aid would be most appropriate includes: the type and severity of hearing loss, your profession, daily activities, dexterity, visual acuity, finances, and personal preference. The fitting of the hearing aids has changed considerably over the last 2 years. There are a variety of instant fit hearing aids that allow you to leave the office wearing it. Custom-made devices usually take one to two weeks from the time of ordering to the fitting.
According to Florida State law, first thirty (30) days after fitting of the hearing aid(s) is considered a trial period.
A 50% deposit is required when a hearing aid is ordered. The balance is due at the time the hearing aid(s) are fitted. We accept payment in the form of cash, personal check, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Financing is also available through Care Credit. Please ask for an application if interested in this option.
Hearing aid manufacturers typically include one year of service coverage with the purchase of a hearing aid, but we offer a three year warranty on all devices. This coverage includes professional services, factory repairs and parts. Once this warranty expires, additional coverage may be purchased to extend the warranty.
New hearing aids are insured by the manufacturer for one occurrence of accidental loss during the first three years following purchase. There is a $400 deductible and does NOT cover ear mold replacement. We recommend that patients check their homeowners insurance; sometimes hearing aids are specifically excluded.
Successful hearing aid users are generally individuals who admit they have a hearing loss, recognize the benefits and limitation of hearing aids, have good family support and realize that even with today’s technology, there will never be a perfect hearing aid.
Clean & Check Services
All technology dispensed through South Florida ENT Hearing is guaranteed and backed by a complete service platform though SFENTA. Patients are welcome and encouraged to return every four months or as needed for continued checks, cleanings and servicing in order to ensure that their hearing technology is functioning at correct specifications and providing the best hearing available at all times. System checks, cleanings, and servicing are available to all of South Florida ENT Hearing patients for as long as they own their hearing systems. We also offer service to those who purchased their technologies elsewhere.
Our Hearing Specialists are trained to provide quality assistive listening devices. ALDs can consist of amplified telephones, wireless Bluetooth accessories, personal listening (FM) systems, tinnitus maskers, Wireless TV Media Streamers, and wireless remote controls.
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office if your service plan does not already include them. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries’ performance.