Yes, we are contracted with Medicare, as well as, several PPO insurances. Please keep in mind that Medicare covers diagnostic hearing evaluations but does not cover the cost of hearing aids. Some private health insurances might have a hearing aid benefit.
If you have health insurance and are interested in hearing aids, we run a complimentary hearing aid benefit verification with your insurance carrier prior to your appointment.
At this time, we are not contracted with any HMO insurance plans and we are not contracted with any California state funded health plans such as Medi-Cal.
Yes, we do treat pediatric patients that are 5 years and older.
Yes and No—it all depends on you and and your unique situation. The primary goal of modern-day hearing aid amplification is to improve your communication by allowing your brain to hear and process speech better.
We need hearing aids which are capable of handling background noise that are properly fit, tuned and programmed for your hearing loss but we also need a brain that can accurately process all that speech information.
Just as important as you are as the patient and just as important as the specific hearing instruments are for potential success, the third critical component for success is the audiologist. If your hearing aids are not programmed properly, or if you are not being followed closely with a follow-up schedule that adheres to clinical best practices, you will not achieve your maximum benefit.
Dr. Kevin Ivory has a 98% success rate because he follows clinical best standards and because he understands that hearing aid success is teamwork between himself and you to work together so that you achieve a better quality of life through improved hearing outcomes.
Typically for a patient wearing hearing aids for the first time, the first few days are the most difficult in terms of getting used to hearing all the sounds you were missing again.
Hearing aid success is in part very much dependent on how often you wear your amplification. Patients who consistently wear their hearing aids have much greater long-term success.
On average, it takes a few weeks for your brain to get used to all the new sound it is hearing through the hearing aids.
Yes, we carry and fit hearing aids from all of the major hearing aid manufacturers. Dr. Ivory makes specific recommendations based on your unique situation that he feels will optimize your long-term success.
If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need two hearing aids.
Yes, ringing in the ears, medically referred to as tinnitus, is commonly and effectively treated with hearing aids.
Yes, although that is a term less commonly used these days, hearing loss from the inner ear, also called sensorineural hearing loss is treated with hearing aids. Mixed and conductive hearing losses are both also treated with hearing aids.
Yes, if you are not able to physically come into our office, telehealth appointments would be an option available for you. Read more about our telehealth options here.
Yes, we also have an office located in La Cañada Flintridge. Learn more about our La Cañada location here.
Your benefit with hearing aid amplification is tested through both subjective and objective measures.
One example of a test we run is called speech-in-noise testing. Speech-in-noise testing is administered with your hearing aids on to compare how well you do compared to how well you did without them on.
This is one of several ways we compare your results before wearing hearing aids to your results after wearing them.