“Consistently the Twin Cities lowest cost hearing aid provider of major hearing aid brands”. Budget Hearing Centers is committed to guiding you through the entire process of addressing your hearing health, from answering your questions about hearing loss and providing individual consultation, to finding the hearing solutions that are right for you, your lifestyle, and of course your budget. Budget Hearing Centers history dates back to 1986. Over the years, Paul Thulin owner/hearing practitioner has tested over 2,400 patients in the Twin Cities/Minnesota area and has fit over 1,600 satisfied patients with a variety of major brand hearing aids. “From my own personal experience with a high frequency hearing loss, Thulin added, I found that once I took the steps to correct this health issue I just had not realized the extent of what I was missing. The difference was evident almost immediately.”
During 2017, the Sun Newspapers and the citizens of Bloomington, Minnesota awarded the Blue Ribbon Award to Budget Hearing Centers for Best Hearing Practice. Also during 2017 Budget Hearing Centers was privileged to be nominated by the Better Business Bureau for the Minnesota Ethics in Business Award. As an approved Provider by the State of Minnesota for Medical Assistance and a contributor to the International Hearing Society, patients can trust Budget Hearing Centers.
The Mission of Budget Hearing Centers is provide patients with adult hearing deficiencies affordable pricing for major brand hearing aids, i.e., Up to 50% Off Retail. In addition Budget Hearing Centers pledges to provide the most competent, ethical, and technologically advanced hearing healthcare services. In doing so our focus is on showing each patient respect, patience, and empathy in order to foster open communication towards patient hearing concerns.
When you come in or bring a loved one in for a hearing consultation, a practitioner will spend time listening to your concerns and initially evaluating whether or not you have a potential hearing loss.
1. Assessment: A hearing practitioner will discuss with you a serious of questions regarding your medical and hearing history. These questions will be about the noise you’ve been exposed to during your life, any injuries, or illnesses that may have affected your hearing, and any medications that you are currently taking that may have or are currently affecting your hearing.
2. Visual Examination: A lighted instrument called a video otoscope will be used to examine your eardrums and ear canals. You can follow this examination on a large TV monitor. Patients are generally amazed when seeing inside of their ear for the first time on the big screen.The hearing practitioner will be looking for any physical or external problems with your ears before testing your hearing. Color pictures will be taken if needed for your file.
3. Tone Test: Once you’ve answered the assessment questions and have finished the visual examination, we’ll begin the hearing test. A hearing test specialist will take you to a sound-treated room that blocks out sounds from the outside, and earphones will be inserted in your ears. When we administer the test, you will be listening for tones in a variety of pitches. All you need to do is push a hand-held button when you hear the sounds. The hearing test evaluates all aspects of your hearing in both ears, including eardrums, canals, and sounds that are transmitted through the bone behind each ear to the inner ear.
4. Results: The findings from these tests will be plotted on a graph called an audiogram. An audiogram is arranged with frequencies across the top and decibels of loudness down the side. The results show the relative ability of your right and left ears to hear various frequencies at specific decibels. The testing results are discussed and shown on a large screen TV monitor, giving our patients a thorough understanding of the information. In addition a video library is available to the practitioner for additional patient education.