Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Our goal of your Better Hearing starts with a detailed personal history of symptoms and events that are pertinent to your hearing. Then a thorough hearing evaluation is conducted in a calibrated sound booth. Next, the results of all tests performed will be explained to you. You will be given some personalized educational material based on your audiological profile and test results. If a physician referral is necessary one will be made. If you are a candidate for a hearing instrument our audiologist or hearing aid dispenser will advise you of all your options including cost, style/size, and technology. The pros and cons of each option will be explained in detail so that you can make an informed decision regarding your hearing solutions.
Most insurance plans are accepted and can be billed. These include Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Aetna, United Health Care, HealthNet, AllCare, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Sutter Gould Medical Group, Medi-Care and others. Call our office to verify coverage and discounts that may apply.
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids.
Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
Since the various systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then ensure that your hearing aid fits perfectly.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
Scheduled and performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Healthcare Professional are subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with a licensed professional who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing aids you selected. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific to each person’s hearing loss. The hearing professional may make adjustments after you try the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your hearing professional can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Musician's Ear Plugs and Monitors: Evaluation and Fitting
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician’s ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer or audience.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ear, and can range in severity. A tinnitus evaluation can help you identify how much tinnitus interferes with your daily life and if there are treatment options that can benefit you.