What To Expect  

Many people wonder how the process works when considering solutions for their hearing loss. We want you to be informed so you can know ahead of time what to expect and also so you can be thinking of possible questions you might have. Here is what to expect:

1. Meet and Greet

Meet with our friendly receptionist and fill out a quick form with your general information. Then you will meet our audiologist or one of our hearing instrument specialists in one of our private and comfortable patient rooms. Our first responsibility is to listen to your story about what has brought you to the point of seeing us.  

2. Video Otoscope Exam

The first step in your evaluation is a simple and painless video otoscope exam. This procedure allows you and your specialist to look in your ear canal together on a large video screen. Our specialist will check for excessive earwax, blockages, or any medical issues with your ear canal or eardrum. Your struggles to hear may simply be a build up of wax which we can remove at that time.

3. Hearing Test

A comprehensive audiometric test will be performed. During this test, you will be asked to respond to a series of sounds and beeps at varying volume levels and frequencies. This allows our hearing expert to determine the type and degree of hearing loss you may be experiencing. Your results are documented, then you will be shown a chart that illustrates your condition.

4. Improvement Options

If the specialist determines you have a hearing loss, and it can be corrected, he/she will explain what hearing aids can do and what types of hearing aids are available.  

5. Demonstration

There are many hearing aid sizes and models to choose from. You and your specialist will decide together which style works best for your needs. We'll program a demo hearing aid so you can experience the latest in hearing technology and decide for yourself if you like what you hear.

Generally, this first visit will take about 1 hour. If possible, we encourage you to bring someone with you that has a familiar voice so when you try on hearing aids you are able to judge their clarity.

6. Decision

Once you are comfortable with the information and solution we provide, the decision is yours in how we move forward. We accept most insurances and will handle claims for you. If you are a current or retired Federal employee with Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS-FEHB) insurance, your plan pays up to $2,500 every 3 years which is enough to cover the cost of our NuEar Intro V hearing aids. Hearing Healthcare Center is your authorized BCBS-FEHB hearing professionals and will handle your claim.

Visit www.fepblue.org for more information about your benefits. If financing would help, we offer Care Credit to qualifying patients. 

7. Ordering

Since most hearing aids are custom fit to your ear canal, the next step is to make a mold of your ears. This process is painless and quick. We send your ear mold to our manufacturer who crafts their technology into a device custom fit to your ear. We schedule you to return one week later for your fitting.

8. Delivery of Hearing Instruments

Your hearing instrument specialist will fit you with your new hearing aids. At this time, they will also program and adjust your new hearing aids to "feel" as natural as possible. You will be given clear and easy directions on how to maintain the quality of your new hearing aids as well.

9. Check Up

Our standard operations are to see you back in 1 and 3 weeks, then 3 months from the time of your fitting. After that, we will see you every 3-6 months to ensure your hearing instruments are working properly. 

We look forward to seeing you and making a difference in your life!