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Hearing aids can help people keep socially connected and active

MS was brought to the Zephyrhills office of Gardner Audiology by a friend and neighbor. She has longstanding moderately severe hearing loss and came with one broken hearing aid and one older, working hearing aid. Her friend commented that she was becoming socially isolated, due to her inability to communicate. MS chose to Field Study… [Read More]

Tinnitus treatment options in Tampa Bay, Florida

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear or ears when no sound is present. It may be a ringing, buzzing, or whistling sound. It may sound like steam or crickets. Some perceive the sound to be in their ears, others feel it is in their head. Tinnitus is not a condition or disease,… [Read More]

Florida Vocational Rehabilitation helps a severely hearing impaired woman keep her job

I recently had a patient in the Citrus Park Tampa office of Gardner Audiology who complained of a gradual hearing loss. She has been employed for almost 2 decades at the same location and her hearing loss was causing communication difficulty on the job, as well as in her personal life. She was fearful about… [Read More]

Tinnitus treatment options in Tampa Bay, Florida

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear or ears when no sound is present. It may be a ringing, buzzing, or whistling sound. It may sound like steam or crickets. Some perceive the sound to be in their ears, others feel it is in their head. Tinnitus is not a condition or disease,… [Read More]

Tampa Bay discount hearing aid programs often limit provider access and value

Almost daily we see patients in our offices asking about discount programs for hearing aid purchases. Sometimes, when insurance companies do not pay anything toward the purchase of hearing aids, they may offer a “discount” program. Sometimes group memberships (such as AARP, NRA, Blue365, etc.) will also list a “discount” on hearing aids as a… [Read More]

CIGNA HEALTH INSURANCE and Hearing Benefits in Central Florida

Gardner Audiology doctors are providers for Cigna Health Insurance. If a physician orders diagnostic hearing testing, Cigna Health Insurance typically will cover the service. Some Cigna Health Insurance plans provide hearing aid benefits. Many plans do not have hearing aid benefits. The insurance company must be contacted to determine if your plan offers hearing aid… [Read More]

What retirement plans that offer hearing aid benefits.

Gardner Audiology often works with patients having insurance benefits through their retirement plans or unions. While insurance typically does not pay for hearing aids, some retirement plans or unions offer benefits for their retirees. Some are administered through an insurance company, such as BCBS or United Healthcare, but the benefit comes from the union or… [Read More]

How to determine United Healthcare hearing aid benefits in Tampa Bay, Florida

United Healthcare (UHC) insurance company offers many different insurance plans. Not all plans have hearing aid benefits. Some plans do not have a true benefit, but offer a discounted price on a mail order hearing aid. Gardner Audiology audiologists are United Healthcare Providers and our staff can help you determine your possible benefits for hearing… [Read More]

Blue Cross Blue Shield Hearing Aid Benefits and Providers in Tampa Bay.

Gardner Audiology audiologists are providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance plans. Insurance plans often do not offer hearing aid benefits. Most insurance will cover diagnostic hearing evaluations, but nothing beyond the testing. Sometimes a hearing aid benefit is available, but this must be verified with the insurance company. Hearing aid benefits are often… [Read More]

Repair Starkey Hearing Aids in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida

Starkey Labs is the only privately held and American-owned company of the top six world manufacturers of hearing aids. Before you call Gardner Audiology about a repair of a Starkey, or Audibel aid you should try to self-service the problem. First, clean the aid. It is typically not necessary to use any kind of liquid to clean… [Read More]