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Hearing & Vision

For years we have provided quality eye care to address the vision problems that affect our patients. Through that time we have also seen the pervasive affect of hearing loss that occurs at the same time. Clinical studies show a correlation between vision loss and hearing loss, and both problems have a profound effect on quality of life.

We understand the occurrence of these parallel problems and how they can adversely affect your life. Contact us for a Complimentary Hearing Evaluation at our Active for Life Hearing Center.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Vision and hearing function inseparably together every minute of every day. These two senses together create your 3-dimensional awareness of your environment. Neither works particularly well without the other, and unfortunately, both tend to fail as the years go by. Leading eye groups across the United States now evaluate and treat vision and hearing problems together.
Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health care problems facing older adults. More than 55 million Americans are estimated to suffer from hearing loss significant enough to have a debilitating effect on communication, and 80% of that group are undiagnosed or untreated. As our population continues to age, the problem is growing. Recent studies show up to 50% of Baby Boomers are experiencing significant hearing loss as much as 20 years earlier in life than previous generations.
Unfortunately, statistics suggest only about 15% of family doctors address hearing loss. The onset of symptoms is gradual, and your family doctor is likely to be concerned about other immediate health issues. As specialists in vision care, we are acutely aware of the importance of evaluating and treating sensory losses that affect everyday living.
Difficulty hearing conversations in crowded places, Ringing or other noises in your ears, Friends and family members commenting that you don't seem to hear them, Others complaining that you watch TV with the volume too high, Frequently asking others to repeat themselves, Feeling that people are mumbling, speaking too fast or unclearly in everyday conversations, Difficulty understanding women or your children's voices, Trouble knowing where sounds are coming from
We use state-of-the art equipment to perform a comprehensive audiogram. The audiogram measures your ability to hear pure tones at various frequencies and to hear and understand speech. In addition, your hearing specialist will obtain a detailed history of your experience (if any) with classic symptoms of hearing loss and any sudden or unusual progression that would indicate the need for evaluation by a specialist in otology. Test results, recommendations and treatment options will be reviewed with you in detail.
Every case of hearing loss is different. For approximately 90% of all cases, hearing instruments of some kind are the only treatment option because the problem is not medically or surgically correctable or reversible. In some cases, further consultation by a specialist in ENT/Otology is appropriate, and your hearing specialist will discuss this with you following your evaluation.
Untreated hearing loss is more noticeable than you might think. Clinical studies show untreated hearing loss dramatically impacts quality of life for you and those closest to you. Miscommunication is noticeable to others and can lead to negative changes in your personality. Many people with untreated hearing loss gradually withdraw from activities they enjoy, leading to isolation and depression, and may demonstrate anger management problems and other more complicated psychosocial changes.
Digital technology is revolutionary today, and miniaturization of components has enabled most patients to wear tiny devices that are virtually impossible to see and are hardly noticeable to the wearer. As we have stated before, every case of hearing loss is different, and the most appropriate hearing instruments for any particular patient depend on the extent of the loss, the activity level of the patient, and the performance demands on the instruments themselves.
Simply Stated – “vision and hearing go together.” We use the finest technology available, first-rate clinical staff, and the combination of care for your eyes and ears under the watchful eye of your trusted doctor.
We have a 30-day trial period. If you are dissatisfied with your hearing instruments, you may return them within the 30-day period and receive a refund, or exchange them for a different style that better meets your needs.
Quality hearing instruments are available in all price ranges and are competitively priced. We do not use promotional pricing, misleading advertising or sell outdated technology or discontinued models which can make the process of selecting a hearing aid confusing. You can be assured of being prescribed the correct hearing instruments at an excellent price. We offer patient financing, including interest-free options.
No, Medicare does not pay for hearing instruments just as they typically do not pay for eyeglasses or contact lenses for most vision problems.
We now routinely screen for indications of hearing loss in all of our patients; however, you can call and schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation by calling our office and scheduling an exam at anytime. A comprehensive hearing evaluation is included as part of the total package of care that we provide at no additional cost.