FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you help with tinnitus?

Tinnitus is most often described as persistent ringing in the ears, but it can also sound more like a clicking, hissing, or buzzing noise. It is usually associated with hearing loss, but there are other known causes as well. If you suffer from tinnitus, we can evaluate whether any hearing loss is involved and provide counseling on options for relief and prevention. If it is determined that your tinnitus is not related to hearing loss, our clinician will refer you to the appropriate physician for further consultation.

Do you work with children?

Our service is solely for adults over the age of 18

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

We ask that you please bring:

  • Current photo ID
  • Your insurance card, if applicable
  • A list of your current medications

For your convenience, we have listed the patient intake form. If you prefer to fill it out in the office, we recommend arriving 15 minutes early.

What can I expect at my first visit

Typically, the first visit includes:

A case history, including a review of your relevant medical history, otoscopy (looking in your ears with our video otoscope), diagnostic hearing exam, and any other necessary testing to diagnose your hearing capabilities. We then explain your audiogram, and if necessary, we will then determine a treatment plan to fit your specific needs.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

As we do not file insurance, we would not require a referral from your doctor.

Which hearing aid will work best for me?

You and your hearing professional should work together to select a hearing aid that best suits your lifestyle and needs, and fits your budget.  Style and features can affect cost and the most expensive hearing aid may not always be the best suited device for you

How do I know if I have a hearing loss?

The most common complaint a hearing-impaired person will say is “I hear you, but I don’t understand you.”

You may have hearing loss if…

  • You hear people speaking but you have to strain to understand their words.
  • You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
  • You don’t laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story or the punch line.
  • You frequently complain that people mumble.
  • You need to ask others about the details of a meeting you just attended.
  • You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse and relatives.
  • You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
  • You find that looking at people when they speak to you makes it easier to understand.
How can I care for my hearing aids?

Proper maintenance and care will extend the life of your hearing aid. Make it a habit to:

  • Keep hearing aids away from heat and moisture
  • Clean your hearing aids at home with a soft cloth as needed
  • Regularly schedule professional clean and check appointments
  • Avoid using hairspray or other hair care products while wearing hearing aids
  • Store them in a safe, dry area when not in use
How do hearing aids help with a hearing loss?

Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss. The damage can occur as a result of disease, aging, or injury from noise or certain medicines.

A hearing aid magnifies sound vibrations entering the ear. Surviving hair cells detect the larger vibrations and convert them into neural signals that are passed along to the brain. The greater the damage to a person’s hair cells, the more severe the hearing loss, and the greater the hearing aid amplification needed to make up the difference. However, there are practical limits to the amount of amplification a hearing aid can provide. In addition, if the inner ear is too damaged, even large vibrations will not be converted into neural signals. In this situation, a hearing aid would be ineffective.

Do you accept insurance benefits?

To keep costs low at Hear-It-All, we do not file insurance on your behalf. However, we will provide you with any necessary resources so that you may file your own insurance.

Request a Callback

If you have a question that is not answered above or would like to have a conversation with one of our hearing specialists, then you can request your callback by completing the form on this page. One of our specialists will then call you back when they’re available to answer your question