FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can the ringing in my ears/head be cured?
Not exactly, but there is good news: if you have permanent noise in the ears or head (i.e. tinnitus) that is accompanied by permanent hearing loss, then hearing aids can often “kill two birds with one stone” by improving speech understanding while simultaneously making the tinnitus (“ringing”, “buzzing”, “chirping”, “swooshing” or just about any other type of sound) less noticeable and therefore less bothersome.
If you have temporary tinnitus as a result of earwax or an ear infection or a medication change, it will likely go away when the underlying cause is resolved.
Which hearing aid is the best?
There is no “best” hearing aid. All of the major hearing aid companies make excellent hearing aids. The real question is “Which hearing aid is best for me?” and the answer to this depends on many factors such as your daily listening environment, your cosmetic concerns, and your budget to name some of the most important. The key to determining the “best” devices for you is to choose an audiologist who listens to your needs and can help guide your decision-making process.
Will you try to pressure me into buying the most expensive hearing aids?
No, we don’t pressure you into anything. We often have loaner hearing aids available to borrow if you are on the fence and want to determine if you are ready to commit to hearing devices.
Do you accept my insurance?
Probably. We are contracted with many of the major insurance companies and third-party benefits administrators common to the Greater Cincinnati area. Call or email for details on your particular plan. We also work with patients who do not have insurance coverage for hearing aids.
Do you compete with a certain nationwide warehouse club?
No, we offer a different experience entirely. We don’t sell toilet paper or televisions or hot dogs but we do offer highly personalized service, and you will be cared for by a Doctor of Audiology rather than a dispenser who may or may not have been working in the bakery or tire department last year.
How do I know if I need hearing aids?
Do you turn the television up louder than other people like? Do you have difficulty making out particular words, especially when in a noisy environment such as a busy restaurant or family gathering? Do your loved ones complain about your hearing? These are all indications of hearing loss and suggest that you should get a hearing evaluation to see if you are a candidate for hearing aids.
Will Medicare pay for my hearing aids?
Medicare does not directly cover hearing aids unfortunately, but the insurer who administers your particular Medicare supplement plan may offer discounted hearing aids. We can help determine if this is the case for you.
Many groups have been advocating for quite a number of years for Medicare to help pay for hearing devices, and hopefully we will see this happen at some point though it is unclear when.
Why shouldn’t I just purchase my hearing aids directly from the internet?
Although this may be tempting, there are many many reasons why this is not a great idea. There is no substitute for having your hearing devices properly fit, programmed, and fine-tuned during face-to-face visits with a local professional. The education and instruction that you receive during these visits is invaluable and will inevitably result in a more rewarding experience with your amplification devices. Even if you don’t choose Queen City Audiology, please seek out a local qualified hearing care expert (preferably an Audiologist) for your hearing care needs.
Do hearing aids restore “normal” hearing?
Well, that would be nice. However, once permanent damage to the inner ear has occurred (the most common causes of which are aging and hazardous noise exposure) there is structural damage to cochlear hair cells that prevents one from experiencing the same “normal” hearing that they once had. It is important to consult with your audiologist to understand what to expect with your new hearing aids so that once realistic expectations are established, you can expect a rewarding experience with hearing aids.