Danny W. Gnewikow, PhD, FAAA
Audiologist, CCC
Founder & Chief Audiologist

 

Danville, VA
(434) 799-6288

Lynchburg, VA
(434) 528-4245

BEFORE You Purchase

1. Locate a qualified audiologist for diagnosis of your hearing loss and for purchase of your hearing aids.

Prior to buying hearing aids you should have your hearing tested by a qualified licensed audiologist.  If a correctable medical or surgical problem is found, then the audiologist will refer you to an Otolaryngologist (Ear-Nose-Throat Physician) specializing in the diseases of the ear.  Only 5-10% of hearing loss is medically or surgically correctable. Sensorineural hearing loss can only be helped with amplification (Hearing Aids).

Our audiologists hold both:

"Fellows" of the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA)
and
"Clinical Certification of Competence" (CCC) in Audiology
with the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2. Who will help me choose the BEST brand, style, and technology features for my hearing aid?

Hearing aid success is 60% the result of proper physical and acoustical fit, and 40% the result of correct choice of a hearing aid to meet your individual needs.

Our audiologists select hearing aids based on evaluation of:

  • Your Hearing Loss
  • Your cosmetic preferences
  • Your work/social environments
  • Your financial considerations

Remember our office allows you to experience hearing aids in your home, work, and social environment with a NO-Payment trial period. You will then know how hearing aids can improve and change your life.  If not, return them to us with NO-Payment for the Trial.  You have nothing to lose. 

3. When I first get my new hearing aids, who will adjust them for comfort and sound quality?

Following the initial adjustment of the hearing aids, we use Probe-Mic Measures based primarily on your audiogram (your hearing loss).

We schedule at least 2 more follow-up fitting appointments, as you are experiencing the hearing aids in your home, work, and social environments. It is usually important to make several re-adjustments based on the patient's particular lifestyle and social/business interactions.

After wearing the hearing aids for a few months, further modifications to both the physical fit and acoustic characteristics of the hearing aids are often made by our audiologists to ensure a comfortable and more precise fitting as you become more accustomed to hearing the sounds you have been missing for many years.

It may be necessary to re-adjust the aids several times during the initial trial period.

A hearing aid should: "FEEL GOOD", "SOUND GOOD", be "EASY TO USE".

Our Audiologists can meet all these needs with today's advanced digital hearing aids.

4. Who will counsel my family members and me on how to use my aids to the best advantage in new listening situations?

Perhaps the most significant factor affecting successful use of hearing aids is the degree to which the patient is informed concerning the hearing loss, the hearing aid, its proper use and realistic expectations of its benefits. We offer extensive counseling to you and your family to optimize the hearing aid experience and to encourage a successful fitting.

We encourage your spouse, family member or friend to be a part of the hearing aid evaluation, fitting, and follow-up sessions.

5. Who will re-adjust and re-program my hearing aid in the months following my purchase as I become better able to tolerate newly heard sounds?

After several months of wearing a hearing aid, you will often find the need for further adjustments as you become more accustomed to amplification and desire a more precise acoustic fit.

A patient with new hearing aids will often return to our office in a few months requesting the hearing aids be "tuned-up" a little.  This is expected as one becomes more acclimated to the sounds they had been missing. 

Our clinics provide reprogramming and adjustments for the LIFE of a hearing aid which is included in the original cost of the hearing aid.

NO ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENT FEES

6. Who will clean, maintain, and repair my aid over the LIFE of the hearing aid?

The average hearing aid requires routine cleaning, maintenance and minor adjustments every 6 to 12 months.

Our clinics provide these routine in-office services included in the original cost of a hearing aid for the LIFE of the hearing aid.

NO ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE FEES

7. Who will reprogram my hearing aid if my hearing worsens?

Hearing aids require readjustment and reprogramming as the hearing loss of the user changes over time.

Again, our clinics provide reprogramming for the LIFE of the hearing aid which is included in the original cost of the hearing aid.

NO ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING  FEES