Frequently Asked Questions

Hearing Screening


Hearing Aids


Cost


Hearing Screening

Why should I have a diagnostic hearing test?

The information we gain from a diagnostic hearing test or evaluation tell us several things: the degree of your hearing loss, the type of hearing loss and how clear your remaining hearing is. These factors help us to determine the best follow up action for you.
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Do you offer free hearing tests?

We offer a free basic screening that tells us whether there may be a hearing issue. Talk to us about obtaining a no-charge hearing screening and consultation. If further testing is needed, your insurance provider may cover it.
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What happens at a full diagnostic testing?

At the hearing test, we will talk about the issues you have with your hearing, review your hearing history (including any noisy occupations, military service and family background). You will then receive a series of hearing tests that give a picture of how your hearing and to determine the best way to help. We will discuss with you the results, how hearing loss affects your life and we will recommend options to address your hearing loss.
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How long does a hearing test last?

The test itself will last between 20 – 30 minutes. After the test is performed, we will discuss test results and your hearing loss. If you purchase hearing instruments, an appointment for fitting the hearing aids will last for about an hour. You may have one to two additional half-hour appointments for adjustments.
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Why do I need to bring someone to my hearing test?

We believe that hearing loss is a family issue. The information we will give you about your hearing test and about our recommendations will be detailed. It helps to have someone along to listen as well as to understand their role in helping you adjust to your hearing instruments. We also use that person’s voice for part of your testing to assure that we obtain the best hearing results.
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Could my hearing loss be caused by wax build-up?

Excessive wax accumulation can cause a drop in hearing. In most cases, however, hearing impairment is not due to excessive wax build-up alone. When you come in for your hearing test, we will first allow you to see into your ears with our fiber optic camera to determine if you may have the wax build-up.
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Hearing Aids

How do I choose a hearing aid?

Your diagnostic hearing test will tell us if you need hearing aids. If your results show you may need hearing instruments, we will work closely with you to understand your hearing problem. We will discuss your amplification needs, learn about your lifestyle and financial considerations and then make suggestions for hearing aids that will perform best given those parameters. It is not advisable to choose a hearing instrument based on what a friend or relative wears. Each hearing loss is individual.
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How many hearing aid brands do you carry?

As independent hearing aid specialists, we have access to many different brands. We have chosen these brands because they are technologically advanced, have good reputations, and are backed by companies willing to work closely with our patients. Again, do not choose a hearing aid because your friend or relative does well with that particular brand of hearing aids. We can help in selecting a brand that will give you the best hearing results and also fits within your budget!
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Can I buy just one hearing aid?

Whether you need one hearing aid or two is dependent on the results of your hearing evaluation. But, essentially it is your choice!
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Will a hearing aid let me hear well in all situations?

Yes, depending on your degree of hearing loss. Once our hearing system is damaged, there is no way to return it to normal hearing. As with any medical problems, early intervention will give you the best results.
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Can I wear a nearly invisible hearing aid?

While cosmetics are always a consideration, the degree of hearing loss and the shape of the ear can sometimes prohibit us from fitting an extremely small instrument. Keep in mind that newer technologies are even more discreet than the very tiny hearing aids.
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What will my adjustment to hearing aids be like?

Adjusting to your hearing aids will depend on the amount of hearing loss you have and the clarity remaining in your hearing system. Your hearing aid specialist will counsel you on both issues and give you realistic expectations. It does help if you provide us with specific examples of where you are not hearing well. Most often people adjust to their hearing aids within a few days.
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Do I need to wear hearing aids if I’m home alone?

Many people feel that they only need to wear hearing aids when they will be talking to other people or participating in group activities. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Our brain adjusts to better hearing gradually and as it does it because better and better at recognizing sound more quickly and clearly. This can only happen if the hearing aids are worn from morning until night. We’ll go over brain rehabilitation further at your hearing aid fitting.
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How will I care for a hearing aid?

During your hearing instrument fitting, we will teach you how to take care of your hearing aids. Hearing aids can be damaged by water, so it is not advisable to wear them swimming or in the shower. Wax and debris may clog the sound tube of the hearing aid of the microphone and needs to be removed periodically. We will provide a thorough cleaning of your hearing aids every few months for FREE as part of our service to you.
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Do all hearing aids take batteries?

Yes. All hearing aids, including digital hearing aids, require a battery to power them. Batteries, depending on size, can last anywhere from five to fourteen days. They are not like watch batteries – which only have to move a second hand – they are powering an active instrument at all times. Talk to us about our Battery Club!
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Cost

How much do hearing aids cost?

Michigan Hearing only works with programmable digital hearing aids from notable, and what we believe are the best, manufacturers of hearing instruments in the world.

Several factors contribute to the cost of hearing aids, including: research & development costs, customization of the instruments, manufacturing costs, professional fees, and all follow-up service fees.

At Michigan Hearing, all following-up cleanings, programming and annual tests are included with the price of our hearing aids.

Today’s hearing aids range from $995.00 – $3, 995.00 depending on the level of technology and the manufacturer you choose. Although this cost may seem on the higher end, compared to inflation and growing advanced technology the cost has actually decreased.

The lifetime of the instruments (3 – 5 years or more), the cost per day of a pair of highly featured, advanced digital hearing aids is about $3.00. This is less than a large latte at your favorite java joint. And hearing aids are proven to not only help you hear better, but to actually improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss and their families. Now that is one worthy investment to make!

In addition to our competitive pricing, Michigan Hearing offers interest-free financing and extended payment plans.
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What if I can’t afford a hearing aid?

Not being able to afford a hearing aid should not stop you from obtaining a full diagnostic evaluation (usually covered by insurance). Your hearing aid specialist will discuss prices with you and your options in purchasing one or two. The hearing specialist will also discuss financing options with you. There are many options available at low interest rates and payback arrangements. Even if you choose not to purchase at this time, a hearing evaluation is invaluable for tracking the progression of your hearing loss.
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Why shouldn’t I buy a hearing aid for a few hundred dollars?

Digital hearing aids are a lot like computers – the more technologically advanced they are, the better they will perform. Low-cost hearing instruments are very basic and their performance falls markedly when used in any situation other than quiet. Our lives, even if we live alone, are seldom quiet. You may find that the pleasure of a “sale” price is quickly replaced by the heartbreak of a poor-quality instrument.
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Will my insurance or Medicare cover the cost of hearing aids?

To state is simply is to say “possibly”. Some private health care plans (offered by employers) cover the costs of audiologic tests, full evaluation, and even partial or full coverage of a hearing aid. We recommend that you check with your health insurance company, or your employer’s benefits manager, to find out what their exact coverage is. Michigan Hearing may also check for benefits within the appointment.

If you find audiological services are not included in your plan, we encourage you to be an advocate for inclusion.

At this time, unfortunately, the Medicare program does not cover hearing aids because they are statutorily excluded from coverage.

However, some Medicare Advantage Plans, health plan options that are available through Medicare, may have hearing aid coverage.

Michigan Hearing is in-network with most major insurance providers, specifically Blue Cross Blue Shield.

As noted from ASHA.org, the proposed Hearing Aid Tax Credit law would provide a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid, once every 5 years. This credit is available to persons over 55 years of age. Visit www.hearingaidtaxcredit.org to read more about it, and to also write to Congress to push this bill through.
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