Frequently Asked Questions

About Insurance

What insurances does McGuire’s accept?
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How do I know what benefits my insurance company provides?
When you come in for your consultation, our office staff will gladly contact your insurance company for an answer.
Will Insurance cover the cost of my hearing aids?
Contact us and we will verify your insurance and we will submit all insurance claims for patients and seek reimbursement when applicable.
My insurance pays for only a small part of a hearing device. What other options do I have?
McGuire’s offers affordable financing plans, with interest as low as 0%. (Credit approval is required.) McGuire’s also sells a wide range of hearing devices, with varying price points. Our licensed hearing dispensers will help you determine what device is both appropriate and affordable for you.

Ask Our Hearing Professionals

My friends bought hearing aids from the newspaper for only $29. Why are yours more expensive?
These devices are not considered hearing devices. They are amplifiers. A hearing device is a medical device custom fit and custom manufactured to meet the hearing needs for a specific individual, adding to its production cost and its value.
What if I purchase a hearing instrument that I don’t like?
New York State has a 45-day trial period, allowing you to test your device. If there are any concerns about your device, the staff at McGuire’s will work closely with you to improve its fit, performance, or use. Our team’s goal is to ensure that patients enjoy a positive hearing experience.
My hearing loss is manageable. Why should I purchase hearing devices if I only have some hearing loss?
We know from extensive research that when the brain is deprived of a sensory experience – like hearing — its ability to hear and interpret speech will deteriorate. As time goes on, the brain can lose its ability to understand and process speech, resulting in greater sensory deprivation.
Why do I need 2 hearing aids? Won’t 1 be good enough to address my hearing loss?
The brain is wired to be “binaural”, meaning that it requires speech input from two sources – your ears. While there are people who can benefit from just one hearing device, more than 95% of hearing-impaired people require two hearing instruments.
How do I know if I am ready for hearing aids?
Hearing loss may come on gradually with subtle changes, or it may come on more quickly with changes apparent to you and your family. Check in with yourself – you may have hearing loss if you…

  • ask for frequent repetition
  • have trouble following conversation with more than two speakers
  • think other people are mumbling
  • have difficulty hearing in restaurants or other noisy places
  • strain to hear children and women
  • are told the TV is loud
  • “mis-hear” and answer inappropriately
  • work hard to hear, and need to watch lips intently to catch the words
  • find listening hard work or stressful
  • feel embarrassed to meet new people because you may miss what is said
  • withdraw from situations you used to enjoy
  • have ringing in the ears
  • have a family history of hearing loss
  • take medications that may damage the ears
  • have diabetes, cardiac or circulation problems
  • have worked around excessive sound levels or been exposed to explosive noise
In what ways will hearing aids help me?
Every person and hearing loss is unique and may benefit to varying degrees. But, advances in technology have made today’s hearing aids better and more versatile than ever. After adjusting to your hearing aids we expect that

  • you’ll hear and understand conversation better in many situations
  • you will be able to participate in group conversations
  • speech sounds you have been missing will come in more clearly
  • you will hear the environmental sounds that keep you safe (watch alarm, car indicator)
  • it will take less effort to hear, and so life will be more enjoyable for you, your family, friends, and co-workers.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Hearing aids vary in cost – we offer hearing devices for a range of budgets. The manufacturers we work with are all leaders in the industry. We work with the same excellent manufacturers for entry, mid and high level technologies. Our audiologists do our best to select appropriate devices based on your hearing sensitivity, communication needs, personal preference, and budget. We help you understand the benefits and limitations of various options. Mail order and discount centers may charge lower prices, but may not offer the same level of follow-up care, adjustments, support and service that we do.
How often do I need to replace my hearing aids?
The average hearing aid lasts about four to five years, although some patients keep their aids longer. Proper care and maintenance can extend the life of the hearing aid.
Do hearing aids reduce background noise?
Although hearing aids cannot completely eliminate unwanted sounds, they can lessen the effects of non-speech noise by continuously monitoring the types of sounds in the environment and enhancing the sounds of speech so that they remain audible even though other sounds may be present.

Learning to listen with hearing aids takes a bit of time and patience. You will learn to filter out unwanted sounds, and focus on the sounds of interest. This happens naturally both with and without hearing loss. Your listening skills will improve as you acclimatize to the hearing aids. We expect improved and easier hearing in many listening environments.

Why have I been advised to get two hearing aids? Wouldn’t one be enough?
Research has found that most people with hearing loss are most successful with amplification when two hearing aids are worn. We are designed as a stereo system. We understand intuitively that we see best when both eyes work together – the same is true for hearing. Our brain processes sound from both sides, with the inputs from each ear merging to provide the optimal listening experience.

Binaural hearing aids help in a number of ways:

  • better localization – where are the sounds coming from
  • easier hearing in background noise
  • more natural sound quality
  • better hearing for soft sounds such as children’s voices
  • easier less “effortful” listening
  • balanced listening – no need to turn to the favored ear
  • better success, supported by clinical studies