The Hearing Doctors’ FAQs
You aren’t alone with your questions about hearing loss and how to improve it. Read through these Frequently Asked Questions to get started on your path toward improving your hearing and quality of life.
How do I know if I have a hearing loss? -Adults
- You frequently complain that people mumble, speech is not clear, or you hear only parts of conversations when people are talking.
- You often ask people to repeat what they said.
- Your friends or relatives tell you that you don’t seem to hear very well.
- You do not laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story.
- You need to ask others about the details of a meeting that you just attended.
- Others say that you play the TV or radio too loudly.
- You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
- You find that looking at people when they talk to you makes it somewhat easier to understand, especially when you’re in a noisy place or where there are competing conversations.
- You have a family history of hearing loss.
- You take medications that can harm the hearing system (ototoxic drugs).
- You have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems.
- You have been exposed to very loud sounds over a long period or single exposure to explosive noise.
- You have trouble hearing children and women.
- You answer or respond inappropriately in conversations.
- You have ringing in your ears.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to see an audiologist?
The FDA recommends that anyone in search of hearing aids has a medical evaluation before purchase. Although The Hearing Doctors welcome your doctor’s referral, it is not required.
However, when a patient has symptoms such as rapidly decreasing hearing loss within 90 days, pain or drainage in one or both ears, dizziness or a feeling of fullness we recommend they see their family physician to rule out potentially serious medical conditions.
If a patient comes to us prior to seeing their own doctor, we will report any such problems to their physician and, in cases where a medical condition could be present, refer them to an ear, nose and throat specialist.
What is the difference between a Doctor of Audiology and hearing aid dispenser?
A doctor of audiology is an Au.D. or Ph.D. and has been required for board certification and licensure since 2007. Graduate educational programs last 4 years (after bachelor’s degree) and include clinical practicum of audiology.
A Hearing Aid Dispenser is someone who is authorized by the state to measure hearing and to fit and sell hearing aids. The credentials for becoming a hearing aid for the state of Illinois include an associates degree and 4 hearing related courses, and pass a state test.
At The Hearing Doctors you will be examined by a Doctor of Audiology, because you hearing health is our concern.
Will my insurance cover a hearing test?
The Hearing Doctors, Inc is an approved provider for most insurance plans and third party payers. Most insurances (Medicare, Blue Cross, etc. ) cover hearing evaluations with a doctors order. The Hearing Doctors Services accepts Medicare insurance. This means that our audiologist will call your doctor to get the order for a hearing test and bill Medicare for the hearing evaluation (you will only be responsible for what Medicare does not cover).
For more information regarding insurance, co-pays or deductibles, call The Hearing Doctors at 630.752.9505