Amplification Solutions (Hearing Aids)
In addition to diagnosing and treating conditions of the ear, the UPMC Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids also offers a number of hearing aids for patients.
Options for Those With Hearing Loss
The center offers a comprehensive program for the evaluation and fitting of state-of-the-art amplification devices, including digital, programmable, conventional, and disposable hearing aids. The center works with several manufacturers to provide options for even the most difficult hearing losses. The center has a billing specialist on-site who will assist in determining your insurance coverage. Several programs are available to help patients manage payments for hearing aids that are rarely covered by insurance, including programs through the local medical bureau and philanthropic organizations. Many repairs to hearing aids also can be completed in the center's hearing aid laboratory. If the aid must be sent for repair, temporary hearing aids are available for use.
Bone anchored hearing aids
The bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is a special device for those with a medical condition that may prevent them from wearing standard hearing aid technology. Middle ear implantable hearing aids also are available for patients who have difficulty with conventional styles of hearing aids.
Assistive listening devices
In addition to hearing aids, audiologists fit many other devices to assist with hearing on the telephone as well as alerting and signaling devices. The center has a demonstration center where patients can try out the devices.
Hearing aid and assistive listening device supplies
Batteries are available for different hearing aids and assistive listening devices
Options for Everyone
Earmolds are used to protect the ears from loud noises or water, or to create in-ear monitors for those in certain professions. The UPMC Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids can create custom musicians' earplugs, swim plugs, in-ear monitors, and earplugs to block noise.