What to expect
Your first appointment with the doctor will begin with a simple conversation. We will discuss your thoughts, feelings and questions about your hearing loss. Next, the doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your ears to see if there are any physical conditions that may be in need further evaluation.
We then move on to a series of hearing tests to document your responses to tones, words and other stimuli, which will help us quantify the extent of your hearing range. With the information collected from these activities, the doctor will make a recommendation for the most appropriate course of action.
If your results indicate a need for a hearing instrument, we will most likely begin the fitting process for making molds of your ears. The doctor will then consult with you about the different choices available for hearing instruments.
- Conditions at birth or during adolescence that may have an impact on hearing
- Exposure to workplace, military, or recreational noise
- Medications prescribed for medical conditions
- Past surgeries
What to bring
Please bring a list of all medications (prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, supplements) you are taking, your photo ID and insurance card(s) with you to your appointment. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
Who to bring
It’s help to have your main conversation partner with you. Communicating with your friends and family is often the most important reason you are going forward with a hearing solution. You can benefit from having a friend or family member join you in the consultation and fitting process. That way, instructions and decisions can be shared and others will have a better understanding of the process.
We accept and are contracted with many health insurance companies. For your convenience, our office will contact your insurance company to determine if you have hearing benefits available. Each insurance policy is unique and therefore coverage varies. Please contact our office and provide us with your insurance information.
Medicare will cover a diagnostic hearing evaluation when all Medicare criteria are met. Medicare does NOT cover hearing aids or testing related to hearing aids. For information on Medicare Advantage programs, contact our office.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept Medicaid in our office at this time, including Oregon Health Plan.