An audiologist is a professional trained to diagnose, manage and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through adulthood.
If you suspect that you have hearing loss or a balance problem, contact Audiology at UnityPoint Health - Meriter. After carefully reviewing your health history and evaluating your hearing, our audiologist can determine the appropriate care or treatment, which may include hearing aids, aural rehabilitation or balance therapy. You are welcome to invite any family members or friends to help you remember the information, ask questions and make any decisions.
Audiology also offers ear mold impressions for swim plugs and noise plugs.
Hearing Aid Consult
Together with your audiologist, you may decide that hearing aids are the best option to treating your hearing loss. Following a hearing evaluation, you will sit down with your audiologist to discuss hearing aid options. Please come prepared to answer the following questions:
- How often are you in difficult listening situations?
- What are your top three goals?
- What is your lifestyle? Are you employed? Do you enjoy going out to restaurants and social gatherings? Are you involved in any clubs? Do you spend a lot of time outside?
- Is the cost of hearing aids a big concern for you?
- How important is the size of the hearing aid?
Together with your audiologist, you will decide whether you would like to purchase one or two hearing aids. Two hearing aids are typically recommended if you have hearing loss in both ears. Research has proven that 2 hearing aid help users hear conversations easier in noisy listening environments such as busy restaurants and parties. Determining where a sound is coming from is another benefit of wearing two hearing aids rather than one.
Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing aids vary in size, amount of power, and manual controls depending on the type of device. Not all hearing aid styles are appropriate for everyone. Your audiologist will recommend options based on your hearing loss and cosmetic concerns.
Once you purchase your hearing aids, you have a 30-day trial period to determine if you would like to keep them or return them. The full cost of the hearing aids minus the trial fee will be refunded to you if the hearing aids are in good working condition. You are able to exchange the hearing aids for another style or manufacturer within the trial period at no charge if you elect to stay within the same level of technology.
Hearing aids range in cost based on the technology level and listening needs of the patient. Size of the hearing aid does not dictate cost. You will select a device and technology level that you are most comfortable with during the hearing aid consultation appointment. If you have financial concerns, payment plans are available upon request. Hearing aids are not typically covered by insurance.
Audiologist Naomi Lever, Au.D., CCC-A, provides personal, coordinated care to children and adults.