Hearing Aid Dispensing Policy
Before a hearing aid is recommend to a patient, a medical clearance from a physician, preferably an otolaryngologist or otologist, to rule out any medical condition(s) that preclude the use of amplification, is required. This policy is done in the patient's best interest. Medical clearance may be provided by one of the physicians of the Ear Institute of Chicago or your own physician.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
Once medical clearance has been obtained, the patient will be seen for a Hearing Aid Evaluation. During this appointment, one of the audiologists of the Ear Institute of Chicago will discuss the patient's hearing loss and its impact on communication. Various types of hearing aids and appropriate options such as circuitry, one versus two devices, and style will be discussed. Most patients and their families have many questions that will be addressed. One hour is devoted for the initial hearing aid evaluation. The cost of the Hearing Aid Evaluation appointment is $100.00, which is payable on the day of the appointment.
Hearing aids are dispensed through The Hearing Aid Center of Hinsdale, which is an affilliate organization of the Ear Institute of Chicago. The Hearing Aid Center of Hinsdale is located immediately adjacent to the Ear Institute of Chicago Hinsdale office. The Hearing Aid Center of Hinsdale works with two hearing aid manufacturers (Starkey and Widex) that offer digital hearing aids in a variety of styles and sizes. The Hearing Aid Center of Hinsdale also offers assistive listening devices (i.e. telephone amplifiers/amplified telephones, TV Ears, etc.) and hearing aid accessories (devices to connect via Bluetooth to cell phones, televisions, etc.) according to patient needs and lifestyle. The cost of a hearing aid varies from approximately $800 to $3500 for each aid, based on circuitry and features. Once the hearing aid (s) are ordered, the aid will arrive in approximately two weeks, for which a second appointment is scheduled. Full payment of the hearing aid is required at the second (fitting) appointment.
Hearing Aid Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, one of the audiologists of the Ear Institute of Chicago will discuss several features of the aid including: how to insert and remove the aid from the ear, change the batteries, clean and maintain the aids, etc. The owner of the aids will have an adjustment period of 30 days. This adjustment period allows for any necessary fine-tuning of the aids. If, at the end of this period, the owner decides to return the aids for any reason, the owner will be refunded the amount paid, minus a $250.00 dispensing fee per hearing aid. In the case of behind-the-ear devices, the ear mold charge is not refundable, as it is custom made. The purchase price of the hearing aid includes a one- to three-year warranty from the manufacturer and hearing aid appointments throughout the life of the warranty.
Medicare and Hearing Aids
Medicare does not pay for hearing aid evaluations, hearing aids, or services related to hearing aids. The Hearing Aid Center of Hinsdale does not accept any insurance contracts for payment of hearing aids. If you are aware of any coverage for hearing aids by your insurance, you will be responsible for obtaining reimbursement.