Hearing aids are available for sale as part of the comprehensive service provided by the Audiology Section at Mayo Clinic. In addition to hearing and balance testing, our audiologists recommend and fit hearing aids to our patients.
All testing, consultation and fitting is done by audiologists who have access to the most current hearing aid technology. Hearing aids from several different manufacturers are available to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. Our audiologists have experience with almost every type of hearing disorder including tinnitus, noise exposure, hereditary hearing problems, hearing loss due to surgery or other medical conditions, and especially age-related hearing loss.
Hearing aid patients at Mayo Clinic are first scheduled with an audiologist for a complete examination of their ears and hearing. If there is any indication for medical treatment, the patient is referred to their primary care provider or to an otolaryngologist, a physician specializing in diseases of the ear. If the results of audiology testing suggest that hearing aids are appropriate, the audiologist will discuss with the patient their specific needs. Based on the nature and severity of the hearing loss, and the individual needs and expectations of the patient, the audiologist will make a recommendation for the appropriate hearing aids to meet those needs.
All hearing aids at Mayo Clinic are fit on a thirty-day trial basis. Patients are expected to return to their audiologist for follow-up visits during the trial period for consultation and adjustment as needed. If the patient determines after the 30-day trial that hearing aids are not beneficial, they may return the hearing aids for credit. Testing and fitting fees for the trial period are non-refundable.
Mayo Clinic audiologists select hearing aids from several different manufacturers. Because there is not one best hearing aid for all people, Mayo audiologists work individually with each patient to find a hearing aid that best serves their individual needs. Research is ongoing to make sure the most recent developments in the industry are available to our patients.
Our staff has experience fitting all types of devices, from the tiny, completely-in-the-canal, to the more traditional behind-the-ear style. Basic analog hearing aids are available as well as the most sophisticated digital aids on the market with features like remote controls, multiple programs and directional microphones.