Following a comprehensive hearing evaluation and patient education portion of the appointment, Dr. Coates will make her recommendation based on the test results as well as an in-depth communication needs assessment. The treatment consultations are a no-charge portion of the appointment. Dr. Coates schedules 60-90 minute new patient appointments to ensure apprioriate length of time to get to know each patient invidudually in order to provide best care. For most patients, hearing loss is typically not something that can be treated with surgery or medication; it is permanent. You want a provider who knows you well and understands your specific goals with hearing aids.
Coates Hearing Clinic, P.A. is an independent provider, which means that we have access to all 6 hearing aid manufacturers (Resound, Signia/Siemens, Oticon, Widex, Starkey and Phonak). Why is this important? Every patient has a unique history and listening needs so one hearing aid does not fit all. There are many styles and levels to provide a comfortable fit as well. For patients who are worried about people being able to see the hearing aids, they have been surprised how small the devices can be now. Hearing aids are now automatic, working behind the scenes to block background noise and improve clarity of conversations.
There is a wide range of cost, from about $900 to as high as $3,000 each. The cost is based on the level of technology Dr. Coates prescribes. Her decision depends not only on the type/degree of your hearing loss but also on your daily activities and your regular hearing environments. We offer payment plans and will work with you to make sure that if you need hearing aids, you are able to get them.
We allow our patients to try out any level of hearing aid technology that we offer with no obligation to buy. There's no catch, down payment or fine print. This free trial allows our patients to experience the difference that these incredible devices can make in their everyday lives. Improving our patients' lives through better hearing is at the core of everything we do.
How many times do you hear “there’s an app for that” in this technologically-advanced time? There are many apps that can help patients hear and also to help treat tinnitus. Dr. Coates can introduce you to the benefits of these types of technology. She will make recommendations based on your specific needs.
Do you know what Bluetooth is or how to use it? Many people shy away from using Bluetooth-enabled devices because they think they are too difficult to use. But, if you struggle to hear telephone conversations, Bluetooth technology might be just what you need! Dr. Coates takes the time to help set everything up and practice with you. Some patients do not need this technology but it is there in case you ever do.
Bluetooth technology allows patients with certain hearing aids to use their cell phone hands-free! Certain devices can connect directly to your phone and others involve the use of a small accessory. You can also stream music or other audio from your cell phone to the hearing aids. For our technologically advanced patients, you can use your cell phone to change the volume or program of your hearing aids, track to ensure you don’t lose them and manually adjust certain settings based on where you are!
Assistive Listening Devices
Some patients with profound hearing loss will not see any benefit from hearing aids. This patient may be a candidate for cochlear implantation. This involves a surgery with an otologist surgeon specializing in the inner ear. Dr. Coates will be able to determine if you may be a candidate through a battery of tests. She also performs the activation and programming of this amazing technology. Most insurances have a benefit for this type of testing and device.
Call us today to set up an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this type of device.
Dr. Coates can evaluate for this type of treatment and demo the benefits in the office. There are certain types or causes of hearing loss that a hearing aid or cochlear implant can't help. For example, if a patient has a long-term history of ear infections, their physician typically recommends keeping things out of the ear, including hearing aids. Another good example is if there are complications with your middle ear bones. In that case, how do you hear on a daily basis? There are implantable, non-surgical, devices that sit behind the ear. These devices use a different route of hearing, leaving the ear canals open to limit infection.