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No, but the UPMC Hamot Audiology Department offers very competitive prices on digital hearing aids including entry-level to high-end products. Hearing aids are dispensed on a 30-day trial period. The full cost of the hearing aid will be refunded if the hearing aid is returned.
To bill Medicare and most other insurance plans, a physician referral is necessary for the hearing test. Please check with your individual insurance carrier for referral criteria. For adults who are seeking hearing aid services, no physician order is needed since this is typically a self-pay service.
UPMC Hamot dispenses Phonak ® digital hearing aids. Phonak ® is a major hearing aid manufacturer along with other auditory assistive devices. Additional information can be found at Phonak's ® website at www.phonak.com.
We also dispense Widex ® digital hearing aids. Additional information can be found at Widex’s ® website at http://www.widex.com/
You are under no obligation to purchase the hearing aids, as long as they are returned within the 30-day trial period. That time is used to make any adjustments needed. You will not be billed the hearing aid charge until after the 30-day trial period, once you are satisfied.
Our charge for the actual hearing instrument(s) is typically significantly less than other offices. However, we do charge professional fees which are not refundable. These include selecting, programming, and fitting the hearing aids, in addition to reviewing/training in their use and care. Please call for details regarding our hearing aid pricing policy before you schedule an appointment, since it is different from most other offices.
The Audiology Department assists with repairs and adjustments of Phonak ® and Widex ® hearing aids that were purchased elsewhere. Please note that there will be a nominal charge for this service (usually not covered by insurance for adults). In certain situations, the Audiology Department may be able to assist with other major hearing aid brands. Please call 814-877-2820 to find out if the department can help with your hearing aid.