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Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss


Richard W. Lazich, Doctor of Audiology, answers some frequently asked questions about hearing loss.

The primary difference is that a dispenser is a salesperson, while an audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats and manages hearing disorders.

An audiologist has earned a Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from an accredited university graduate program.

If you or someone around you suspects you have a hearing loss, consult with an audiologist. Schedule an appointment at (502) 890-3921 for a hearing evaluation.

Audiologists are trained to identify whether your hearing loss requires medical or non-medical treatment and will refer you to the appropriate medical specialist when necessary.

The audiologist at HearCare will identify, diagnose, treat and manage your hearing loss.

Most times, new patients are brought in by spouses, sons or daughters or often by close friends. Hearing changes very gradually and you might not notice the changes at first, but the people around you do.

Maybe your television is too loud, or perhaps you often ask family members or friends to repeat questions. Many people begin to have difficulty hearing in meetings, their place of worship and at public speaking events.

Most hearing loss begins with speech not sounding as clear. Patients often attribute this to others not speaking clearly.

The first step is to schedule a diagnostic hearing evaluation. To schedule an appointment for a diagnostic hearing evaluation please call: (502) 890-3921.

28 million Americans over the age of 50 have hearing loss. After hypertension and arthritis, it is the most common chronic health problem in older adults. Hearing loss affects one-third of adults 61 to 70 years of age and continues to increase to the point that 80 percent of those over 85 years have a significant hearing loss.

Other illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes can contribute to the progression of hearing loss. Hearing loss may affect your everyday life, including causing an increase in social isolation, an increased risk of falls and contributes to depression and dementia.

By age 60, you should have an initial baseline hearing test. If no hearing loss is found, then your hearing should be tested every two years. If hearing loss is present then we recommend an annual evaluation.

Most primary care physicians will perform a hearing evaluation on your initial appointment. If not, contact our office at (502) 890-3921 to schedule an audiological evaluation.

A study that followed 639 adults over a period of 12 years found that mild hearing loss doubled dementia risk.

As hearing loss progresses to moderate severity, dementia risk triples and once the hearing loss is at severe levels, individuals were five times more likely to develop dementia.

(John Hopkins Medicine. The Hidden Risks of Hearing Loss)

If we determine you have a condition that is medically treatable, we will refer you to your primary care physician for further consultation. In most cases hearing loss is sensorineural and not medically or surgically treatable.

If that is your diagnosis, our audiologist will provide you with the information you need to make a decision on how to improve your communication abilities.

Hearing aid technology has improved tremendously in recent years, however hearing aids do not restore normal hearing. Our audiologist will discuss your specific hearing loss and the expected outcomes from using hearing aids.

With the appropriate hearing aids, fitting techniques and counseling, our patients report significant improvement in hearing ability and in their measures of quality of life.

Modern hearing aid technology has the ability to connect wirelessly to devices like telephones, cell phones, televisions and microphones. This is synonymous to bluetooth capabilities you often see mentioned with electronic devices.

In one situation a patient can talk hands free on their cellphone utilizing their hearing aids wireless feature. Some patients utilize this wireless technology to stream the sound from their television directly to their hearing aids for improved listening enjoyment from any distance.

Our audiologist will review your listening goals and make the necessary recommendations on assistive wireless technology.

Our office is a participating provider with most of the major insurance companies. We will file your insurance claims for you regardless of your insurance coverage.

Medicare pays for your initial hearing evaluation with a doctor's referral. Most often, other insurances cover your initial and follow-up hearing evaluations.

Medicare and most commercial insurance companies do not cover hearing aids. When you have insurance that covers hearing aids, we will always verify the coverage amounts and discuss it with you before continuing with your treatment plan.

The purchase cost of hearing aids includes many other services that ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefit and that your hearing aids are in optimal working condition. Ongoing care includes:

  • routine and work-in office visits.
  • batteries and supplies.
  • most repairs
  • 3 year warranty and 3 year loss and damage insurance.

Your hearing aid cost is determined by several factors that our audiologist will review with you. They include the severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle (where you spend your time, for example work and social situations, etc…), how often you're in a noisy environment, dexterity, vision and your financial concerns.

Our audiologist can work with you to find the best treatment plan within your budget. We also offer no interest financing options.

HearCare is a locally owned and operated professional audiology practice. Dr. Lazich has been serving the Louisville community for over 35 years. Being independently owned and managed leaves us free of the influence of corporate dictates and non-professional managers in the day to day practice.

HearCare is solely an Audiology practice. Audiologists are the only professionals who are university trained and licensed to specifically identify, evaluate, diagnose and treat hearing disorders.

At HearCare we will advise you if hearing aids are indicated and provide the services that are needed to become a successful hearing aid user. It is known that hearing aids alone are seldom the complete solution to your hearing problems. They are just one part of our Personal Service program that includes fitting verification, individual counseling, instruction and routine follow-up appointments. It takes time to adjust to hearing aids and without careful examination, expert programming and counseling by our audiologist, achieving your best results and outcomes are far less likely.

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