We’ve listed some commonly asked questions about audiology and hearing loss below. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, call Dr. Skipper at (864) 888-8865 to speak with her personally.
Where can I get my hearing checked?
Audiologists have the facilities and education necessary to provide complete diagnostic hearing tests. Dr. Skipper has been a trusted audiologist in the upstate for over 30 years. If you are in the Oconee/Seneca area, make an appointment by calling (864) 888-8865.
Is an audiologist a doctor?
An audiologist is a doctor of audiology. While not a medical degree, the Doctor of Audiology, or AuD degree, is a professional degree that trains audiologists in etiology, (cause of hearing loss and associated physical problems resulting from it,) to ensure that they are highly skilled in diagnosing source problems with hearing. Dr. Skipper has been a practicing audiologist since 1983 (MAud) and subsequently received her AuD in 2001.
Is My Hearing Going Bad? Will The Loss Be Permanent?
Diagnostic testing at Oconee Audiology will identify how severe hearing loss is and whether it is temporary or permanent. Dr. Skipper is trained and educated to quickly diagnose exactly what is happening with your hearing. While hearing problems in children can commonly be corrected, 95% of adults with hearing loss have it permanently. Less than 20% get help. To schedule an hour-long hearing examination that includes testing and explanation of results, call (864) 888-8865.
Will My Insurance Cover a Hearing Test?
All major insurances, including Medicare, are accepted at Oconee Audiology, and most plans cover hearing testing. Dr. Skipper does not require referrals and can usually get new patients in within a few days. Call Dr. Skipper to make an appointment and discuss your particular insurance provider at (864) 888-8865.
Where Can I Buy Hearing Aids?
Hearing assistance is more than a one-time product purchase. It’s a service that includes a professional hearing evaluation, fitting of the right product for your needs, and help with any problems that may arise as time goes on. Audiologists are qualified to offer the full service of hearing assistance.
While hearings aids can be found online or through licensed dealers, purchasing hearing aids this way may cost you more money and inconvenience in the long run, as the services you need to maintain and customize your hearing aids are absent. Many hearing aid dealers market a low-cost model from a specific brand; however, this model may or may not suit you once you’ve undergone their general screening. In this case, because they do not have the broad selection and vendor-neutral approach of most audiologists, dealers will then offer a higher cost model from the same manufacturer.
We at Oconee Audiology are a little biased, but we consider the best approach for your long-term health is to offer a full product selection from all of the top six brands worldwide. With our 45-day guarantee of satisfaction, why take a gamble with thousands of dollars?
You can know exactly what’s going on with your hearing: an initial evaluation with Dr. Skipper takes only an hour and includes a thorough hearing examination and a detailed explanation of test results. Schedule an appointment today!