ComForcare home care providers are available to assist clients with daily activities to make their lives more comfortable at home. This includes providing assistance with personal grooming, companionship, meal preparation, and even transportation assistance for errands and appointments. However, it is very important to keep up with regular check-ups and exams, including vision and hearing. As people age, hearing and vision can begin to decline. For many, hearing loss is gradual, so it may not be as noticeable as vision loss, and requires the help of a specialized hearing doctor to diagnose. However, if you notice a loved one having a hard time hearing, it may be time to set an appointment with an ear doctor.
Once you visit a doctor and learn that it is necessary to purchase a hearing aid, there are some tips to help you navigate the process more easily to find the right piece:
When it comes time to schedule an appointment, it is important to visit an ear, nose, and throat specialist, an otolaryngologist. Unlike a general physician, this doctor specializes in hearing problems and will be your best resource and partner for finding the right hearing aid. Usually, an otolaryngologist works directly with an audiologist to dispense hearing aids and help patients find and fit the right piece. Independent audiologists may also work in your area, and would be a good alternative as well.
During the visit, you can expect the doctor to examine their ears to check for other conditions such as wax build-up or infection that may impair hearing. If the doctor determines that hearing loss is a problem, they will administer a specific hearing test to determine what kind of loss is occurring.
Once the test is administered, the doctor will use the results to determine which type of hearing aid is best. The doctor or audiologist can provide important information about the different brands of hearing aids and can help with fitting the hearing aid. A real-ear test is done to ensure the device fits and works properly and should be completed before you take the hearing aid home. Furthermore, the audiologist will check to see that the ear piece fits snugly against the ear without causing pain or discomfort.
Digital hearing aids are not covered by traditional Medicare or the majority of private insurance companies. These pieces typically cost about $1,000 to $3,500 per ear, so it is imperative to select the right ear piece from the beginning.
Having a proper ear exam done is so important for the comfort and independence of your loved ones. When someone experiences hearing loss, it can make it difficult to use the telephone, hear doctor or pharmacist instructions, or to communicate in general. However, due to restrictive schedules, long-distance family relationships, and mobility issues, many seniors and their families find it difficult to get to the doctor. ComForcare Home Care offers transportation assistance to and from the doctor’s office and can also take clients in for fittings and adjustments following the initial exam.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services to people of all ages, with offices located nationwide. Each office employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302