Hearing Aids in Princeton and Monroe, NJ
Located in the Central New Jersey area, and serving the communities of Princeton, Plainsboro and other nearby cities, Princeton Otolaryngology Associates specializes in audiology. If you live in New Jersey and have wondered whether a hearing aid would be the solution to your hearing disorder, don’t hesitate to pay us a visit and our audiologists, Karen K. Herring, M.S., FAAA and Dr. Rajool Dave, Au. D, FAAA, will carefully examine your hearing problem, find its cause and determine if a hearing aid would be the best treatment for you.
Often people ask “How do I know if I need hearing aids?” and “Is hearing loss correctable?”
Difficulty hearing conversations, the television and movies, and/or people on the phone are good indicators that hearing aids may be for you. However, you must have your hearing evaluated to determine if hearing aids will help. Most hearing loss is age-related and cannot be medically corrected. However, after the audiologist has taken the patient history and completed the hearing evaluation, he/she will be able to inform you if medical intervention may be capable of restoring or improving you hearing. If medical intervention is a possibility, the audiologist will advise you to make an appointment to address your hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Selection and Follow-ups
The degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and patient’s personal preferences are the key factors in the selection of the type of hearing aids best suited for that individual. The more active the individual, the more advanced the hearing aids should be to handle various listening environments.
As a result of the recent advancement in technology, even the most severe of hearing losses can be improved with smaller sized hearing aids. However, factors other than cosmetics need to be considered when selecting smaller hearing aids such as the individual’s degree of dexterity and shortened battery life.
The following are the brands of the different hearing aid equipment that we currently offer:
At the time of the dispensing the hearing aids, the audiologist will review the fit and care of the instruments. A two-week follow-up is scheduled for the patient should any fine adjustments of the aids be needed. Thereafter, the audiologist will see the patient every 6 months to ensure the aids are functioning properly and/or perform an annual hearing test. If the patient needs to be seen sooner or more often than 6 months, his/her visits are warmly welcomed.
Expense of Hearing Aids
The cost of hearing aids is dependent on its level of technology. Our prices range as low as just under $1,000 to a few thousand per hearing aid. Certain insurances plans will pay either the total amount or some of it. The cost of aids is an investment towards improved hearing and maintaining a happy social life.
Does my insurance cover hearing aids?
Medicare does not cover hearing aids. Princeton Otolaryngology recommends you call ahead of scheduling an appointment with the audiologist to determine if your insurance company will cover hearing aids and if so, how much.
What is the return policy regarding aids?
The office offers a 30-day trial period. If you decide to return the aids, the office will retain a $150 fee to cover our shipping and restocking costs. The remaining balance will be refunded.
How long do batteries last?
Batteries can last as little as a week to a month depending on the size required by the aid. The smaller the hearing aid, the smaller the battery. In return, the shorter the life span and the battery size becomes smaller.
What is the insurance policy on hearing aids?
All hearing aids are covered for either 1 or 2 years for repairs and one-time loss/damage depending on their level of technology. The cost to replace lost aids is usually $400 per aid. These policies can usually be extended by the manufacturer as long as the aid is not too old to repair.
How often should hearing aids be replaced?
Hearing aids typically last 5-6 years. They are capable of lasting longer with proper maintenance and care. Often the great strides in the advancement in hearing aid technology warrant new hearing aids at 5-6 years. Hearing aids may need to be replaced sooner if a dramatic decrease in hearing occurs.
Contact Princeton Otolaryngology Associates for a hearing consultation to determine if you need a hearing aid. Our practice serves patients throughout the neighboring communities of Princeton and Plainsboro.