"DO NOT GO to CT-ENT for hearing aids. I had a truly awful experience here when I met with Dr. Shephard who diagnosed me with moderate hearing loss. She recommended hearing aids and told me that my insurance company would pay 100% of the cost. When all was said and done, there turned out to be a $4500 gap between the price United Health Care was willing to pay for the hearing aids and what CT-ENT wanted to collect from me. I went back and forth with CT-ENT for months working with an advocate from UHC who insisted that I had paid all I was obligated to pay based on the contract CT-ENT had signed with United Health Care, but to no avail. At this point, faced with CT-ENT turning my bill over to a collection agency or me paying them the money I do not owe them, I am forced to pay the ridiculous amount of $$$ but with the caveat that I am telling the world about their dishonest practices. At no time was I informed there would be a difference between what insurance would pay and what I would owe them. At no time was I offered a less expensive pair of hearing aids. My best hope now is that I can prevent others from making the same mistake. Please please please do not use CT-ENT if you think you might need hearing aids."
Audiology is the healthcare profession concerned with the treatment of hearing loss, hearing disorders, and certain balance disorders. In short, audiologists help people hear better.
There are many different issues that can cause hearing loss, including problems present at birth, infection, or even built-up earwax within the ear. A visit to the audiologist usually begins with the audiologist asking questions about the hearing loss: how long it has been going on, or whether it affects one or both ears. Audiologists may also ask their patients if they have experienced any illnesses or other events that may have impacted their hearing. The visit usually includes a physical examination of the ears, as well as hearing tests.
Audiologists provide many services to patients, including:
Fitting and tuning hearing aids
Fitting cochlear implants
Treatment of tinnitus
Aural rehabilitation, or helping people adapt to hearing loss
Compensation skills training, such as lip reading or communication tactics
Hearing is an major part of the way we communicate and navigate the world around us. While a wonderful life without hearing is certainly possible, hearing loss can be upsetting or even frightening at first. Audiology is an important field that gives people with hearing disorders the tools to lead their lives with confidence.