Ask the Audiologist

Q.  How do I know if I need a hearing aid?

A.  The best way to determine if you or a loved one has a hearing loss that can be helped by hearing aids is to see a licensed audiologist.  The audiologist will perform a comprehensive  audiological evaluation to determine the degree and type of hearing loss you have.  She will then explain your test results to you and make recommendations based on your needs.

Q.  Should I have one or two hearing aids?

A.  In many cases two hearing aids are better than one.  The brain uses information collected from both ears to locate sound as well as to help focus on the desired sound source when there is background noise present. Two hearing aids are not always necessary and sometimes are not practical or possible.  Your audiologist will help you to determine the best possible solution for your hearing loss and budget.

Q.  How much do hearing aids cost?

A.  Hearing aids range from $900 to $3,000 each.  The differences in price depend primarily on the level of technology.  Hearing aid circuitry ranges from very basic to sophisticated digital processors.  Most hearing losses can be helped to some degree by any level of technology, however individual lifestyles, hearing needs and budget must be taken into account.

Q.  How long do hearing aids last?

A.  Hearing aids are designed to be used for about four to seven years, but can be repaired for many years.  However, changes in technology and changes in a person’s own hearing usually neccessitate replacement of the hearing aids sometime in that four to seven year time span.  Usually behind-the-ear hearing aids are more flexible and can be adjusted for decreases in hearing more than in-the-ear hearing aids – thus they tend to last longer before needing to be replaced.

Q.  Does Insurance pay for hearing aids?

A.  Most insurances do not cover hearing aids, but we encourage all patients to call and check with their insurance carrier to be sure.

Submit Your Question:

If you have other questions please call us at (309) 284-0164 or submit your question here – hearingcenter@mw-ent.com

In the OSF Center for Health

8600 N. State Rt. 91
Suite 300
Peoria, IL 61615

Ph: (309) 691-6616
Fax: (309) 691-2943
OSF Voice & Swallowing
Disorders Center

8600 N. State Rt. 91
Suite 350
Peoria, IL 61615

Ph: (309) 683-5080
In the Morton Medical Center

1600 S. 4th Ave.
Suite 120
Morton, IL 61550

Ph: (309) 284-0164
Fax: (309) 266-9716