Effectively treating your tinnitus or hearing loss is an investment in your health, wellness, and happiness. The federal government recently passed new rules regarding OTC (Over-The-Counter) hearing aids, and this legislation will increase the number of options available. Numerous concerns exist about the efficacy of these new devices without the benefit of essential medical direction. We are here to ensure that you spend your money wisely and help you make the right decision. When you come in for an evaluation, we can make a diagnosis, give our recommendation for care with cost estimates, explain financing options, and help you understand your insurance benefit.
Financing for Tinnitus and Hearing Aids
We have restructured our pricing and financing for tinnitus and hearing aids to accommodate any budget. Today, help is more affordable than ever before.
While credit approval is necessary, we offer tinnitus treatment plans starting at $149 per month, and hearing aids with all audiology services included starting at $109 per month.
CareCredit®, a trusted financing partner of Sound Relief Hearing Center, offers a range of affordable plans for tinnitus treatment and hearing aids. You can also use CareCredit to cover items such as insurance deductibles or co-pays. Contact us or visit the CareCredit website for more information and to apply for this healthcare credit card.
We accept most insurance carriers. When you come for your first appointment, we can check your benefit for you.
Medicare does NOT cover treatment for tinnitus or hearing loss. Many Medicare supplement plans follow this same exclusion policy. Considering this, we charge $60 – $165 for a hearing test or $80 – $185 for a tinnitus evaluation which we need to perform to properly diagnose and make our recommendations. Full testing with a diagnosis and treatment plan requires approximately 60 – 90 minutes of our doctors’ time.
Medicare will pay approximately $38 for an annual hearing exam when it is prescribed by your primary care physician (PCP) as “medically necessary”. Even if you do not require a referral for other services, you must have one specifically for a hearing exam.
Since we are a “Non-participating Medicare Provider”, we can, at your request, submit to Medicare for reimbursement of approximately $38. (We must submit this with the referral from your primary care doctor and we can NOT solicit this referral on your behalf.) If you have Medicare and will seek reimbursement for the hearing exam, it is advised that you speak with your doctor about obtaining a referral to us before your first appointment. You will be responsible for full payment at the time of your appointment. Medicare will reimburse you directly if the claim is approved.
Commercial health insurance (UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, Anthem, etc.), however, typically WILL cover an annual hearing exam and/or tinnitus evaluation without the PCP referral. They may also have a benefit for treatment available. (You can often obtain this information from your online benefits explanation page if you search for covered audiology services and/or hearing aids.) With commercial insurance, we can submit the claim for testing directly for you.
We ask for your health insurance information when you complete our online paperwork so that we may verify your benefit(s) before you come in for your first visit. To be best prepared with this information, we ask that you submit your new patient paperwork a few days before your appointment.
If you have a copy of a recent audiogram or hearing test (in the last 6 months), we will compare it to our audiologist’s test results. We typically need additional testing to make a full diagnosis of your situation, such as tinnitus pitch and loudness matching, loudness discomfort levels, distortion product otoacoustic emissions, and speech-in-noise tests.
If you have any further questions regarding insurance, please contact us.
We are not contracted with the following carriers.
Medicaid, TriCare, VA Choice, Kaiser, Colorado Vocational Rehab
While the final rules by the FDA regarding OTC (Over-The-Counter) hearing aids have increased the complexity in the marketplace, they did nothing to address the shortcomings of Medicare as it relates to direct access to audiology services or coverage for treating tinnitus and hearing loss. OTC hearing aids will not effectively treat tinnitus for most people, or effectively correct hearing loss that is complex or greater than mild to moderate in severity. Much like “readers” available most anywhere, you still need a good prescription for your vision loss to see optimally. OTCs might be able to minimally help some people, but most patients will still need an accurate prescription and continuing care from an audiologist to hear optimally. Due to greater demand for affordable audiology services, we have reinvented our pricing structure and offer more financing for tinnitus and hearing loss than ever before. We believe our patients deserve the best care which only audiologists can provide, and we are doing everything we can to make that care as accessible as possible.