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How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?

Hearing aids can range in cost from approximately $850 for a regular, conventional hearing aid, up to $2,300 for a more technologically advanced hearing aid. Additional professional fees apply. Our office works with Care Credit to provide payment options to qualified applicants.

How Do I Know What Type Of Hearing Aid Is Right For Me?

The staff at Central Illinois Hearing will help you determine which hearing aid is best for you based on your preferred lifestyle, needs, and budget.

Does Insurance Cover The Services Provided By Central Illinois Hearing?

Health insurance plans may cover some services provided by CIH. Claims will be processed when applicable. To determine eligibility, please contact your insurance carrier.

What If I Purchase A Hearing Aid And Don’t Like It?

You don’t have to keep – or pay for – a hearing aid that doesn’t work for you. A different type or style of hearing aid may be selected. In the event, however, that a hearing aid does not meet your satisfaction, and you return the aid within the agreed-upon trial period, you will not be charged for the device.

Do I Need A Doctor’s Referral To See An Audiologist?

It is helpful, but not necessary. If a communication problem requires medical treatment, Dr. Groesch will communicate this information to your doctor.

What Is An Audiologist?

An audiologist is a university-trained healthcare professional who specializes in the identification, assessment, and prevention of hearing loss. Audiologists are specially trained in the non-medical management of communication problems caused by hearing loss.

I Don’t Have A Problem Hearing, But I Have A Constant “Ringing” In My Ears. What Causes This?

Tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus) is noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.

Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn't a sign of something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable. Hearing aids are one option for treatment of tinnitus.

Will Hearing Aids Restore My Hearing To Normal?

Hearing aids are designed to “aid” a person’s hearing. Hearing aids cannot restore human hearing, nor will they retard the progression of hearing loss. They will help supplement a person’s communication ability in certain environments.

How Does Noise Affect Hearing?

Prolonged exposure to high-intensity noise can cause permanent damage to the inner ear. This damage, which is irreversible either medically or surgically, can cause permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Sources of such noise include industrial and military situations, loud music, and many environmental sources. Hearing protection is vital to prevention of permanent damage and resulting hearing loss.

Current Statistics
About Hearing Loss

  • About 20 percent of adults in the United States, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf
  • An estimated 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss.

Help prevent noise-induced hearing loss and avoid worsening of age-related hearing loss by:

  • Protecting your ears in an extremely noisy workplace with specially designed earmuffs that protect your ears by bringing most loud sounds down to an acceptable level. The same protection is necessary when using loud equipment at home such as riding lawn mowers, leaf blowers, or other power tools.
  • Having your hearing tested if you work or spend a lot of time in a noisy environment.
  • Avoiding long exposure to recreational risks or wear hearing protection during activities like hunting, riding ATV’s or snowmobiles, and listening to extremely loud music.
  • Turning the volume down when listening to music through headphones.
Springfield Office



4000 Westgate Drive
Springfield, IL 62711
Phone (217) 501-4105

Jacksonville Office

1515 West Walnut #4
Doctor’s Plaza
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone (217) 501-4105