Services at Craig Barth Audiologist, LLC
Craig Barth Audiologist, LLC, offers comprehensive hearing wellness program, from protection to diagnosis to treatment. As a Licensed, Clinically Certified Audiologist, Craig T. Barth, M.A., CCC-A is qualified to treat patients of all ages and provide advanced treatments for even the most complex hearing issues, with the level of compassion and quality of care.
Your First Appointment
We spend the first 20 minutes sitting with you learning of your communication needs and struggles. This intake also includes anything in your medical history that might be contributing to your hearing loss. We perform a communication challenges assessment. We learn explain what brings you to our office, in your own words.
We also use sophisticated computerized technology to conduct a complete and thorough hearing evaluation. The evaluation will give us the full picture of your hearing health and hearing abilities.
After the evaluation is complete, we'll print out your results in a clear, easy-to-understand document. We sit down with you (and your family members, at your request) to explain the results and implications of this printout . Often, our test results give objective data that often confirms what you've already observed about your hearing. We then develop, in collaboration with you, and when appropriate, in consultation with your Physician, a treatment plan. Your questions are answered as to the outcome of this evaluation and rationale behind your personalized treatment plan.
Recommending a hearing aid
If the treatment plan indicates you're a good candidate for hearing aids, we discuss the many choices available to you. Choosing the optimal hearing aids considers the degree, pattern and origin of your hearing loss. Also considered is your expectation from the hearing aid. Lastly, we return to your communication needs assessment, and discuss the degree of benefit will have in the listening environments that most challenge you.
Also considered and discussed are the different price points and the different technology levels available. We don’t want you to overspend, yet it is crucial to have sufficient technology sophistication to meet you hearing needs. Again, without clouding the treatment plan, reasonable choices are offered.
Especially to those new to hearing aids, careful monitoring and follow-through in the first few weeks is critical. If anything seems not right or questions arise, an answer is just a phone call away!
Best practice is for patients to return for their first follow up in approximately two weeks after receipt of the new aids. Usually, the novice wearer will have experienced sufficient different listening scenarios to report as to of how the devices are working in those environments. We also ask patients to come in at the one-month mark (another two weeks later). Additional follow-ups usually are then scheduled for longer time intervals.
At each appointment, based on your input and reports, we make modifications to your hearing aids performance or physical fit, as appropriate. If, in the rare circumstance we come to the conclusion that a different set of aids may be more helpful, you can return the current set at no penalty and be fit with an alternative set. This exchange time window is available for 60 days after initial fitting. It's to be obtaining the greatest benefit possible.
If ever a concern or issue should arise, we encourage you to contact our Practice and speak to Liz or Craig. A solution is just a convenient appointment away! After the initial follow ups, we encourage our patients to return annually for hearing aid and hearing check-ups. Again, if you notice a change in hearing or hearing aid performance, before the annual follow-up,call the Practice right away.
Bundled Service Package
When you purchase hearing aids from Craig Barth Audiologist, LLC, you're getting much more than just the devices themselves. As described above, you will receive complete access to our expertise. Every hearing aid we sell comes with a bundled service package that includes three years of hearing aid check-up and fine tuning visits. Some of the premium instruments come with a four year manufacturer’s extended warranty and a four year servicing package. Inquire about these!
Family & Loved Ones
Hearing loss can make your life harder, but it also has an impact on the people around you. When we come on board to help you address your hearing loss, we also keep in mind the needs and feelings of the rest of your family. We're prepared to support all of you through the process of treating your hearing loss, to make sure everyone has the same expectations and so we can help your hearing treatment address your personal communication challenges.
EarQ Secure 4-Year Warranty
We are proud to offer the EarQ Secure 4-Year Warranty. Standard hearing aid warranties last just 1-3 years depending on the level of technology, but Secure covers any EarQ device for four full years, regardless of which level of technology is right for you. Inquire today!