Westshore Hearing Center

Welcome to Westshore Hearing Center, where helping you to hear better is our top priority. We value the trust that our patients place in us and enjoy a reputation of honesty and integrity. West Shore Hearing Center is a division of the ENT Group of Cleveland, with an office in Westlake. Westshore Hearing Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals facing communication challenges due to hearing loss. We carry high quality hearing instruments that you can purchase from reputable manufacturers, such as Starkey, Oticon, GN Resound, and Phonak.
Services

Buy Hearing Aids
Hearing Assessment
Hearing Aid Fitting and Orientation
Hearing Aid Accessories and Batteries
Hearing Aid Repairs
Custom Swim and Noise Earplugs


aScheduling Appointments with
     Westshore Hearing Center
Patients are seen by appointment only.
Please be prepared with your insurance card information. You will need to bring your insurance card, photo identification, and a list of current medications when you come in.

New patients will have several forms to fill out.
Please come in 10 minutes before your appointment time, or feel free to download the forms, and fill them out before you come in to the office.

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Buy Hearing Aids 
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Current Hearing Aids available for purchase:
Starkey Hearing Aids
Oticon Hearing Aids
GN Resound Hearing Aids
Phonak Hearing Aids

Hearing Assessment 

If you think you or a loved one has a hearing loss, ask these simple questions:
Do you have difficulty hearing in noisy environments?
Do feel that you can hear, but can't understand?
Do others say that you keep the TV turned up too loud?
Do you frequently ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you frequently feel frustrated by your difficulty in understanding people?

If the answer is "yes" to two or more of these questions, then it is likely that there is some hearing loss. The first step is to have a medical evaluation to find out if the hearing loss is medically treatable. You may do this through your own physician, or we would be happy to schedule you to see one of our ENT physicians for this evaluation, which will include a hearing assessment by one of our audiologists. If the physician and audiologist recommend hearing aids, and you have decided you are ready for them, then you may choose to undergo a hearing aid assessment.

Hearing Aid Fitting and Orientation 

While assessing you for hearing aids, the audiologist will explain how your specific hearing loss is impacting you, and what you can expect from amplification. Then she will ask you questions about about your lifestyle and your listening needs. The degree of your hearing loss and the anatomy of your ear will let the audiologist know what style of hearing aids will work best for you. Your dexterity will also be taken into account. Several types of hearing instruments will be discussed to determine which one will benefit you. Hearing losses are very individual, so the hearing instrument that worked great for your spouse or friend may not be the best device for you.

Will you do better with two hearing instruments? If you have a hearing loss in two ears, it would be of benefit to try a hearing device in both ears during the trial period. Two hearing aids can give a person a better sense of direction, a more natural sound, and help with speech understanding in noisy environments. However, if you are concerned that it may be difficult to adjust to two hearing aids right away, you might consider getting one now, and getting the second one at a later date.

With today's digital hearing aid technology, we are able to provide patients with instruments that have a clearer sound, smaller appearance, better comfort, and increased overall satisfaction. Hearing aids do not restore hearing to normal. However, they can make communication with friends and family much easier. Once you decide to try hearing aids, impressions of your ears will be made (if needed), and your hearing instruments will be ordered. Up to two weeks later, you will be fit with your new devices and begin your 30-day trial period.

On the day of your fitting, your audiologist will program the hearing aids, fine-tuning them for your preferences. She will then walk you through the use and care of your hearing aids. Quite a bit of information is provided at this time, so it can be beneficial to bring a friend or family member along. Then you will be advised to wear the hearing aids every day in a variety of listening situations.

30-day trial period 

During your trial period, you can expect to come back to see your audiologist at least twice. During those visits, the audiologist may make adjustments to the hearing aids as needed, and review your use and care of the hearing aids. It is vital to your success with the hearing aids to actively participate in the trial period. This involves wearing the hearing instruments every day, and communicating with your audiologist about any benefits or difficulties you experience.

Charges and Fees 

The fee for a hearing evaluation depends on the type of tests used. The price of the hearing instruments depends on the style and technology level of the hearing aid selected. Hearing instruments are available to fit every budget and lifestyle. Keep in mind that you do have the right to return your hearing aids during the 30-day trial period. If you do return them, you will get your deposit back, minus a small nonrefundable fitting fee. Westshore Hearing Center is a hearing aid provider for several commercial health insurance plans. Please be sure to check with your insurance company to see if you have a hearing aid benefit.

Follow-up Care 

Once your hearing aids have been fit to your satisfaction, we will ask you to come back in a year to have them cleaned and checked. Of course, you may have your hearing instruments checked by us at any time. By having the hearing aids routinely cleaned by one of our audiologists, it will ensure that their sound quality will remain good, and it will extend the life of your hearing aids.


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