Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not sure if I have a hearing loss. What are the signs?
People with hearing loss tend to lose the ability to: hear speech in noisy places, hear certain people's voices (often women or children), or hear soft speech sounds.
These commonly affect a person's ability to: watch TV with another person, understand the speech of his/her spouse when s/he walks away, understand speech in church, groups or theaters, socialize easily with family and friends in noisy places, or hear the beauty of music and in the natural sounds in the world.
If you are experiencing any of these difficulties, you may have a hearing loss.
Do I have to go to a medical doctor before I get a hearing aid?
It is always a good idea to speak to your doctor and have your ears examined before getting a hearing aid, especially if you have noticed a sudden decrease in hearing. The physician may be able to treat the problem if it is medically correctable.
You should see a doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of the following: ear pain, drainage from the ear, sudden or rapidly progressing hearing loss, unilateral hearing loss of sudden or recent onset, or, acute or chronic dizziness.
Can I try a hearing aid?
We offer a six-week trial period that exceeds the 30-day trial period mandated by the state of California. We will extend your trial period to give you all the time you need to evaluate the hearing aid before making a purchase. Do not keep a hearing aid if it does not add significantly to your quality of life. If you decide not to purchase the hearing aid you will be fully refunded.
What should I expect from a hearing aid?
Hearing aids should dramatically improve your quality of life by enhancing your ability to communicate with others.
How long should a hearing aid last?
Most people replace their hearing aids every 7-10 years.
Can I purchase insurance for my hearing aids?
Yes. When you purchase a hearing aid, the manufacturer includes a one-year loss, damage, and repair warranty. You can extend this manufacturer's warranty for an additional charge for up to three years. After three years, you can purchase coverage through independent companies that offer hearing aid insurance coverage for a minimal premium. We can arrange this coverage for you through our office. You should also check your renter's or homeowner's insurance that may cover loss and damage of your hearing aids.
Does MediCare pay for hearing aids?