In our quest to continue to provide those in Austin and the surrounding communities the best care possible, we focus on hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders for adults and pediatrics. The Hearing & BalanceCenter of Austin provides a seamless avenue for our patients to receive the care they deserve.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Fitting
Many patients are unsure where to find professional help with their hearing. Ensuring that you are provided with a comprehensive hearing test and are counseled correctly regarding appropriate hearing aid options is very important. The Audiology staff at the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin provides hearing healthcare in a manner that provides you with the information that you need for a successful hearing aid experience for those in the greater Austin, TX area.
In many cases, hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. Choosing the right hearing aid can be difficult. There is an enormous amount of information regarding hearing aids and the choices can be daunting. Choosing an audiologist who can guide you through this process is the first critical decision in purchasing hearing aids. Not every hearing aid is built for every type of hearing loss. The amount of hearing loss you have at certain frequencies help determine which styles of hearing aids will sound the best to you acoustically.
Of course, the first step to a successful hearing aid experience is an accurate audiological evaluation or hearing test. Only an Audiologist or Otolaryngologist can diagnose your hearing loss. Equally important is a determination regarding your specific needs and lifestyle. It is critical to convey this information to the audiologist. Finally, everyone has a budget. Your budgetary constraints should be discussed. Hearing aids are rarely covered by insurance.
The reality is that not everyone needs the most advanced hearing aid. Your individual needs and lifestyle may not warrant a Premier level hearing aid. When you discuss technology options it is important to communicate with your audiologist about your concerns and your needs. Don't focus on accessories. The most important thing is to find the technology/processing pattern that works best for you. Your hearing loss is unique to you. Finding the right match for your loss that your brain will accept is the most important step.
Hearing Aid Styles
Hearing Aid Brands:
We are proud to offer the following hearing aid manufacturers for your convienience:
As the cost of healthcare has become more and more transparent to patients, why is it that hearing aid prices have not? The common misconception is that historically the bill you see is the price for the hearing aids. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the industry. At the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin you will only ever pay for what you need, not a bundled price riddled with pricing gimmicks and without explanation. This is the reason we are able to offer the latest in hearing aid technology at an affordable price.
The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin along with Drs. Peterson and Marciante are not currently contracted with any insurance companies
Depending on coverage, it may be possible for you to receive reimbursement for your hearing aids by your insurance company. Payment is made in full directly to the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin at the time of service, but a detailed billing statement will be generated for you at each visit. You may submit this billing statement to your insurance for reimbursement.
The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin will be considered an "out-of-network provider" for all insurance companies. Most patients that have A) "out-of-network" benefits, and B) have satisfied their deductibles, can seek reimbursement. All hearing aid related services and costs can use Medical Savings Plans (MSP) or Health Savings Account (HSA), should you have either of those.
When estimating your reimbursement by your insurance company, it's important to know what services are covered by your insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully before your visit by asking the following questions:
- -What is my coverage and benefits for hearing aids?
- -What is my deductible and has it been met?
- -Do I have a co-pay? If so, how much is it?
- -Do I have out-of-network coverage? If so, how do I submit for reimbursement?
WHAT IF MY INSURANCE DOESN'T PAY FOR MY VISITS AT THE HEARING & BALANCE CENTER OF AUSTIN?
- -You will be financially responsible to pay in full for your appointment and can pursue reimbursement directly from your insurance company (see above).
- -Staying outside your insurance company has some possible benefits:
- -Lower cost on hearing aids
- -You and your doctor select your care without hindrance from insurance dictating limits to care
While some health insurance plans are starting to offer hearing aid benefit, most do not offer these benefits.