What is an audiologist?
Answer: Audiologists are the only professionals university-trained, holding a Masters or Doctorate degree from an accredited university and licensed to identify, evaluate, diagnose and treat audiological disorders of hearing.
Does a hearing aid help with background noise?
Answer: Please be aware that there are no hearing instruments available that remove all background noise. The newest hearing aid technology contains 100% digital sound processing which measures and reduces noise-like sound with a series of mathematical computations. If you tried hearing aids years ago and could not adapt to the overwhelming amplification of background noise, you will find today’s digital hearing aids and directional microphone technology a major improvement.
Are hearing aids covered by insurance?
Answer: Some insurance plans do cover the cost of hearing instruments while others may cover only partial cost or reimburse the patient with that amount. Medicare does not cover hearing aids or any services related to hearing aids. You should always check with your particular insurance plan to see if you have coverage for hearing aids. You should discuss payment options with your audiologist before services are rendered.
Should a medical device be promoted with price, coupons, time sensitive promotions and free services?
Answer: Everyone has seen the franchise hearing aid ads in the newspapers and magazines. Consumers unwittingly race to take advantage of these rare deals and deeply discounted coupons, which are usually neither. Be wary of the franchises that use these marketing tactics to focus in on the inexperienced consumer suffering from hearing loss. The old adage still holds true, “If it looks too good to be true, it is!”
Can you only get certain manufacturer’s products through their named franchises?
Answer: Absolutely not! At Lake Audiology we offer the manufacturer’s products that include Audibel, Beltone, Miracle Ear and many others. If a patient prefers to stick with a technology they have used in the past we are able to meet those needs, usually at a more reasonable price.
What makes Lake Audiology & Hearing Center different from a hearing aid franchise?
Answer: Lake Audiology is not tied to any one manufacturer. Most hearing aid franchises only provide one manufacturer that is tied to the business name, such as Audibel, Beltone, and Miracle Ear. We know that not only one type of technology can cover the entire 30 million individuals with hearing loss. Our patients deserve a choice, and can feel assured that we will always take the needs of our patients ahead of any hearing aid manufacturer. We are an independent audiology practice and you will work directly with the owner, a Doctor of Audiology. As a locally-owned audiology practice we can go the extra mile for our patients and make choices that provide quality care above all else.