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The Best Hearing Aid Dealers in CA Contra Costa County Are the Ones Proven Safe To Spend With

Hearing aid dealers in Contra Costa County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the hearing aid dispensers that have exceeded the minimum California regulatory standard. They are the hearing aid providers proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for value and competency, and for whom our staff has called previous patients to verify high satisfaction with them as dealers of new hearing aids in Contra Costa County CA, including digitial hearing aids, hearing aid fitting, hearing testing, hearing aid repair, and more.

Updated July 27, 2016

 The TOP 10 Hearing Aid Providers in Contra Costa County CA

Diablo Hearing Service
(925) 901-0122
2301 Camino Ramon # 106
San Ramon, CA 94583

Hearing Services of Antioch
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(925) 778-3298
4045 Lone Tree Way, Suite D
Antioch, CA 94531
License #AU473
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified Antioch Chamber of Commerce AAA (American Academy of Audiology) CAA (California Academy of Audiology) ADA (Academy of Doctors of Audiology)

Areas Served: Contra Costa incl. Antioch CA, Pittsburg CA, Discovery Bay CA, Brentwood CA, Walnut ...
Services: hearing aid center & audiologists for all hearing aids, hearing evaluations & ...
Key Brands: Audina, Bernafon-Maico, General Hearing Instruments, Micro-Tech, Oticon, Phonak, ...

Center for Better Hearing Aids
(510) 526-3824
190 El Cerrito Plz
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Advanced Hearing Aid Center
(925) 674-8621
425 Gregory Ln # 202
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

The Best Hearing Aid Dealers in CA Contra Costa County Are the Ones Proven Safe To Spend With  

 


The state of California requires providers of hearing aids in Contra Costa County CA to be licensed by the California State Board of Audiologists either as Hearing Aid Dispensers or as doctors of audiology (AuD) in order to conduct hearing tests, hearing aid fitting or hearing aid sales which requires passing an exam.


But even the state license is no guarantee that any particular provider of hearing aids in Contra Costa County CA is doing business honestly, providing value, or satisfying clients or patients. 

This makes it all the more significant that all providers of hearing aids in Contra Costa County CA who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous patients to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified liability insurance, verified license (as either hearing aid dispensers or as audiologists in Contra Costa County CA), best business practices, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.

 

Providers of Hearing Aid in Contra Costa County Perform Numerous Services
For many, hearing loss is just another part of a progressing life. But these days, a lot can be done to help. Over time, new clearer and smaller hearing aid technology has become available to the hearing-impaired. The mid- ‘90s saw the introduction of digital hearing aids along with new cochlear implants and smaller devices that are virtually invisible. These and other devices, as well as the necessary maintenance and fitting, are available at the hearing aid centers in Contra Costa County.

Hearing aid providers in Contra Costa County are specialized centers of hearing loss treatment. Patients are generally referred by a general practitioner when preliminary testing shows hearing deficiencies, from mild tinnitus to complete deafness. The hearing aid dealer might be staffed by board certified specialists and audiologists. These professionals can conduct in-depth testing and customized diagnosis and fittings for a large client base, including children, adults, the elderly and occupational health cases.

Based on a doctor's recommendations, hearing dealer technicians may run audiometric evaluations, measurements of hearing sensitivity for air and bone conducted sounds, speech discrimination ability, speech reception thresholds, and assessments of middle ear function (impedance audiometry).

The results of such hearing tests may warrant the purchase of any of several different hearing aid devices. Hearing aid dealers in Contra Costa County often accept government and private insurance. Hearing devices may be available for a free trial prior to the actual purchase, and follow-up warranties usually include in-house lab repairs and hearing aid refittings.

Providers of Hearing Aids in Contra Costa County Sell Many Brands of Hearing Aids and Accessories
Hearing aid dealers and audiologists can often offer custom hearing aids are fabricated, fitted, and repaired on-site. The staff can educate patients and customers about the different options for their particular diagnosis, including pricing, clarity, durability, and other features. They'll be familiar with digital and analog hearing aids, bone conduction hearing aids, canal hearing aids, full-shell hearing aids, half-shell hearing aids, completely in-canal hearing aids, behind-the-ear hearing aids, wireless listening systems, and noise reduction circuitry. These basic systems are better known as the following: ITE: in-the-ear units, ITC: in-the-canal units, MC: mini-canal, CIC: completely-in-the-canal, BTE: behind-the-ear, and PAC: post-auricular-canal-instrument.

Aside from the main speaker and microphone mechanism, hearing aid dealer employees can fit the core and tubing, curved tubing, custom ear molds, ear hooks, mushroom inserts, and straight tubing. Almost all hearing aid centers in Contra Costa County take care of accessories and maintenance as well. They carry replacement hearing aid batteries, swim plugs, noise protectors, and hear-and-go aids. Contra Costa County hearing test centers also carry several types of ALDs, or assistive listening devices. They'll sell audio induction loops, infrared systems and FM modulated systems, TV listening devices, and telephone amplifiers. For specific hearing aid needs, investigate the available products and services of the hearing aid dealers in Contra Costa County before you choose one.

Some Hearing Aid Centers in Contra Costa County Are Better Than Others]
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these hearing aid centers in Contra Costa County: Hearing Services of Antioch, Center for Better Hearing Aids, Advanced Hearing Aid Center, Diablo Hearing Service, Hearing Centers Network, Posey's Hearing Aid Center, Contra Costa Hearing Aid Center, Contra Costa Hearing Care, Custom Laboratories. Other providers of hearing aids in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond CA that might still be in business include: Rossmoor Hearing Aid Services, Alpine Hearing Aid Center, Hearing Science, Audio Star Hearing Aid Services, Bay Area Hearing Aid Center, Sears Hearing Aid Center. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Hearing Aid Providers in Contra Costa County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

 

Dealing with Hearing Aid Centers in Contra Costa County CA 

Step 1: Get Tested
You have the option to skip the initial doctor's examinations and head straight to the hearing test, which can often be provided by the hearing aid dealer (as well as a licensed audiologist or otolaryngologist). But if there are underlying medical problems (especially those that are correctable), only a medical practitioner can detect and diagnose them. Additionally, it is more likely that doctor visits are covered by your insurance. In all respects, it is not advisable to forego a preliminary medical exam.

Step 2: Research the Product
If you already know which type of device you need, do some outside research to price different brands and features and check your insurance coverage to identify exactly which are covered. 

Step 3: Interview The Hearing Aid Dealers
Call several hearing aid dealers in Contra Costa County and ask questions about their business practices. In addition to pricing information, there are several things you should know before you sign a contract with the hearing aid dealers who will not only sell you the hearing aid device, but care for it in the future. Use the list of questions below to guide your questions. Take notes for the final comparison and determination.

How long have you been in business?
Do you give hearing tests on site?
Is testing conducted by a licensed audiologist, otolaryngologist, or licensed speech pathologist?
What brands and models do you regularly carry and specialize in?
Are you familiar with analog and digital hearing aids?
What does the base cost of the hearing device include? (Ask to see a written breakdown)
What are the costs of any additional features?
Do you charge a re-stocking fee after the (FDA-mandated) 30 day trial period?
Can my hearing aid be adjusted remotely?
Is there a fully-covered warranty period (including adjustments and reprogramming)? If so, how long is it?
How do you price major repairs?
Is there a discount or trade-in policy for upgrades?

Step 4: Background Research
After a preliminary assessment of the hearing aid dealers you've interviewed, look at the qualifications of those you would consider pursuing. All professionals involved in the testing and fitting process are required to have state licensure such as the following: Audiologists must have at least a Master's level education and a California State license, which can be verified at the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board of the State of California. More established and skilled practitioners have earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from ASHA, which can be verified at the ASHA Web site. The ability to dispense hearing aids is a separate certification, which can be verified at the Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau of California. Also verify their BC-HIS (Board Certification in Hearing Aid Sciences) at the NBC-HIS by emailing your inquiry to [email protected].

Step 5: Choose a Hearing Aid Dealer
Based on the interviews and sufficient certifications, make a final decision. Arrange for an appointment (or a walk-in, if possible) where you will get a fitting and evaluate merchandise and pricing.

Step 6: Sign a Contract
If you think the pricing or warranty is not up to your standards, you still have the option to seek services elsewhere. But if you feel comfortable with a particular hearing aid dealer, and after you've approved of the warranty agreement, pricing, and professionalism, it is safe to sign a contract.

 

 

Tips On Contra Costa County Hearing Aid Providers 

Do You Want An Initial Doctor's Visit?
The FDA allows you to waive a visit with a physician and head straight to a hearing test. If your hearing problems are the result of an underlying medical issue, consider a doctor's visit before you have a separate hearing test. Your doctor may be able to perform this test anyway, possibly under your insurance coverage.

Licensed Hearing Aid Dealers in Contra Costa County Are Specialists.
Hearing aid dispensers in Contra Costa County are licensed and regulated by the State of California SLPA-HADB (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board). To be a licensed H.A.D. (Hearing Aid Dispenser) one must take and pass the state licensing exam to show a proficiency in the specialty of hearing loss and hearing aid dispensing, fitting, and adjusting. According to state law, no physician or audiologist who is not a licensed hearing aid dispenser may emply a hearing aid dispenser for the purpose of hearing aid fitting or hearing aid sales, except if affiliated with an HMO or PPO. Any arrangement that includes a fee or percentage of sales for the referral of hearing aids is illegal. Neither party can advertise the other's services; for example, a hearing aid dispenser cannot advertise "physician or audiology services available," and an audiologist cannot advertise "hearing aid dispenser on staff," unless he or she is a licensed hearing aid dispenser in Contra Costa County.

The Binaural Advantage.
Often, hearing loss is limited to one ear. This does not mean that a single hearing aid is the most beneficial. Sound, like eyesight, requires balanced input to optimize the signal to the brain. One hearing aid can cause the other ear to strain and overcompensate, similar to the effect of wearing a single eye patch. Though the issue is still debated and circumstances may warrant special treatment, many dealers and doctors will advise this, and with good reason.

Investigate Financial Aid.
Hearing aids are expensive, there's no way around it. Many insurance companies offer at least partial coverage, but when it comes to a $500 to $8000 price tag, most people need all the help they can get. Luckily, such help exists. HEAR NOW (1 800-648-HEAR) is a non-profit organization that might be able to offer financial support. For a listing of other related organizations, see the article, "Key Resources for Hearing Aids in Contra Costa County."


 

 

The Best Hearing Aid Providers Sell Good Brands of Hearing Aids in Contra Costa County CA 

Brands of new hearing aids available in Contra Costa County CA include:

Starkey, Phonak, ReSound, Oticon, Siemens, Widex, Audicus, EarCentric, SimplySoft, Simplicity, Miracle-Ear, Zounds Hearing, Beltone, MDHearing Aid, Unitron, Binson's, Rexton, HearingPlanet,


 

 

Resources About Hearing Aid Providers in Contra Costa County 

Associations & Licensure
AAA American Academy of Audiology (www.audiology.org)
AAO-HNS American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (www.entnet.org)
AHAA American Hearing Aid Associates (www.ahaanet.com)
ALDA Association of Late-Deafened Adults (www.alda.org)
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (www.agbell.org)
ASDC American Society for Deaf Children (www.deafchildren.org)
ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org)
ATA American Tinnitus Association (www.ata.org)
BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)
BHI Better Hearing Institute (www.betterhearing.org)
CAA California Academy of Audiology (www.caaud.org)
CICI Cochlear Implant Association, Inc. (www.cici.org)
CSHA California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.csha.org)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (http://www.dca.ca.gov/)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
HADBCA Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau of California (www.dca.ca.gov/hearingaid)
HLAA Hearing Loss Association of America-California State Association (www.hearinglossca.org)
HIS International Hearing Society (www.ihsinfo.org)
LHH League for the Hard of Hearing (www.lhh.org)
NAD National Association of the Deaf (www.nad.org)
NBCHIS National Board for Certification Hearing Instrument Devices (www.hearingnbc.org)
NHCA National Hearing Conservation Association (www.hearingconservation.org)
NIDCD National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (www.nidcd.nih.gov)
SHA Sight and Hearing Association (www.sightandhearing.org)
SHHH Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc (www.hearingloss.org)
SLPAB Speech-Language Pathology Board of the State of California (www.slpab.ca.gov)


 

Media & Web Resources
Hearing Health Magazine
Hearing Loss Magazine
Hearing Review
Senior Journal
Sound Advice
Volta Voices

www.audiologynet.com
www.betterhearing.org
www.earinfo.com
www.healthyhearing.com
www.hearingaidhelp.com
www.hearingaids101.com

 

 

 

If you need hearing aids, hearing aid repair, or hearing tests, The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Hearing Aid Providers in Contra Costa County within the following zip codes.

94528, 94556, 94519, 94807, 94805, 94804, 94553, 94549, 94522, 94517, 94806, 94596, 94513, 94564, 94525, 94530, 94524, 94598, 94531, 94803, 94582, 94547, 94511, 94597, 94801, 94572, 94808, 94820, 94548, 94521, 94569, 94850, 94514, 94509, 94520, 94507, 94595, 94516, 94583, 94802, 94526, 94506, 94570, 94561, 94527, 94575, 94518, 94523, 94563 and 94565

 

 


Hearing Aids Antioch CA

Advanced Instruments Antioch CA 94509-2548
Advanced Instruments Antioch CA 94531-6206
Hearing Services of Antioch Antioch CA 94531-6206
Sears Hearing Aid Center Antioch CA 94509-4428

 

Hearing Aids Brentwood CA

Contra Costa Hearing Aid Center Brentwood CA 94513-2286
Tom Torres Hearing Aid Service Brentwood CA 94513-6934

 

Hearing Aids Concord CA

Audio Star Hearing Aid Service Concord CA 94520-2108
Contra Costa Hearing Care Concord CA 94518-3601
Newport Audiology Concord CA 94520-5279
Sears Hearing Aid Center Concord CA 94520-5802
Valley Audiology Concord CA 94520-1815

 


Hearing Aids El Cerrito CA

Center For Better Hearing Aids El Cerrito CA 94530
Center for Better Hearing Aids El Cerrito CA 94530-4002
Knolls Speech & Hearing Center El Cerrito CA 94530-2218


Hearing Aids Orinda CA

Summit Hearing Center Orinda CA 94563-2505


Hearing Aids Pinole CA

A Center for Hearing Health Pinole CA 94564-2082
Bay Area Hearing Service Pinole CA 94564-2519

 

Hearing Aids Pleasant Hill CA

Advanced Hearing Aid Center Pleasant Hill CA 94523-2813


Hearing Aids Richmond CA

Costco Hearing Center Richmond CA 94804-5801
Sears Hearing Aid Center Richmond CA 94806-1926
Stacks & Stacks Richmond CA 94801-2116

 

Hearing Aids San Ramon CA

Diablo Hearing Service San Ramon CA 94583-2000
ENGEO Inc San Ramon CA 94583-1344
Hearing Center San Ramon CA 94583-4440

 

Hearing Aids Walnut Creek CA

Better Hearing Center Walnut Creek CA 94595
Contra Costa Hearing Aid Center Walnut Creek CA 94595-1193
CSG Better Hearing Center Walnut Creek CA 94595-1627
Dr Mimi's Audiology Clinic Walnut Creek CA 94595-1107
Hearing Centers Network Walnut Creek CA 94595-2203
Hearing Science Walnut Creek Walnut Creek CA 94598-3100
Posey's Hearing Aid Center Walnut Creek CA 94596-8612
Valley Audiology Walnut Creek CA 94595-2501