Will a hearing aid restore my hearing to normal?

While hearing aids can't fully restore normal hearing, they can help immensely. At Sonus, we successfully treat over 90% of confirmed cases of hearing loss. And 9 out of 10 hearing aid users report an improved quality of life.

How often should I go in for an office visit?

It's widely recommended that adults be screened at least every decade through age 50 and at two–year intervals after that. The sooner a hearing problem is detected, the better it can be treated. Sonus always offers free hearing screenings. Set up your free hearing screening today at a Sonus location near you.

If you already own a hearing aid, they should be checked and cleaned 3–4 times a year to keep them working at peak performance.

Is a hearing test painful?

Not at all. A hearing test is painless and easy. It's important to detect a loss as soon as possible as this can help minimize further hearing loss.

Who is qualified to conduct a hearing evaluation: a doctor, an audiologist, or a hearing instrument specialist?

All of these professions are uniquely qualified to identify and treat your hearing loss. Here are some important differences between these professions:

  • Physicians are rigorously trained to identify and treat medical conditions involving the ear. If an ear problem requires medication or surgery a physician is the appropriate professional to manage this situation. Physicians that specialize in ear disease are called otologists.
  • Audiologists are also trained to identify ear problems. They have advanced degrees from academic institutions and are experts in the non-medical management of hearing loss. This typically involves the selection, programming, and fitting of hearing aids.
  • Hearing Instrument Specialists are professionals who test hearing and fit hearing aids.
How long is the entire process from evaluation to hearing aid delivery?

A hearing evaluation takes about 45 minutes. If it’s determined that you need hearing instruments, it may take a bit more time so that you and your hearing health care professional can decide which hearing aids are best for you.

Once your hearing aids have been ordered—the order is usually placed at the end of your first appointment.

What is the "best" hearing aid on the market?

The simplest answer to this question is: The one that fits, feels, and works best for you.

There are a variety of factors you and your Sonus hearing health care professional will discuss that help determine the exact model and programming that works best. In the end, you’ll have a hearing instrument that’s been created just for you to address your specific needs.

Some of the factors determining which hearing aid is right for you include: your type of hearing loss, your lifestyle, comfort level, and price. These are just some of the reasons Sonus offers over 30 different styles of hearing aids.

What different types of hearing aid features are available? And how do I know what is best for me?

Advances in digital technology make modern hearing aids work better, adapt faster, and feel more comfortable than ever before. They’re like mini–computers performing thousands of calculations a second. The amount of new features available is amazing—rechargeable batteries, automatic feedback reduction, and remote controls to name a few. The amount of features your hearing aid has depends on your needs and personal choice. Sonus hearing health care professionals will help you determine which ones will help you hear better and easier.

Do I need two hearing aids?

If you have a hearing loss in both ears it’s recommended that you wear a hearing aid in each ear. We were all born with two ears for a reason: it helps determine the direction of sound and boosts loudness. Two hearing aids will help you more than one.

Is there a hearing aid that can eliminate background noise?

No hearing aid can completely eliminate background noise, but they can lessen the effects of non-speech noise. Sonus can help you determine which hearing aid is the best fit for your listening needs.

How do I know what size hearing aid I need?

Selection of hearing aid size depends upon your personal preference, your ear canal size, and your hearing loss. The smallest size of a hearing aid is a Completely In the Canal (CIC) and fits deep into your ear canal. It's removed by pulling a small, nearly invisible cord. The next size is an In The Canal (ITC) hearing aid, which fits into your ear canal and is usually only visible from the side. An In The Ear (ITE) hearing aid fills your entire ear and a Behind The Ear (BTE) lies on top of your ear and goes behind it.

My friend didn’t have a positive experience with hearing aids. Will the same happen to me?

Everyone's hearing loss is unique. Although someone you know may have had a negative experience with hearing aids, you may not have the same experience. Especially if you choose to come to Sonus.

Sonus works hard to make improving your hearing an easy process from start to finish. We successfully treat over 90% of confirmed cases of hearing loss. And more physicians recommend Sonus than any other hearing care provider. We even stand behind our work with a 75–day trial and ongoing care through our Sonus Solutions packages.

How long does it take to adjust to new hearing aids?

It can take several weeks to completely adjust to your new hearing aids. Hearing tends to deteriorate gradually over time, so when sounds are reintroduced to the brain quickly, it can be a bit disorienting at first. This adjustment period is essential to get the maximum benefit from your hearing aids, but remember that you’ll be enjoying more of the sounds you love very soon.

What type of warranty comes with a hearing aid?

Sonus also offers a 75-day trial period that’s one of the longest in the industry. And our Sonus Solution packages give you up to three years worth of free adjustments, cleanings, batteries, warranties, and many other services.

Can I afford a hearing aid?

Hearing aid prices vary depending upon the model and style, but also upon the degree of your hearing loss and any special options or services you may choose to personalize your instrument.

Sonus offers a number of easy payment plans that include zero-interest options and many others. There are also periodic sales and other promotional offers. Plans vary by location, so ask your hearing health care professional for details.

You may also be eligible for benefits for some services and hearing aids through Medicare or your private insurance company.

Does Medicare or insurance pay for hearing aids?

In most cases, Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids. However, some insurance plans will assist with the cost of hearing aids. Contact your insurance company to see if they provide you with hearing aid benefits.

How much do hearing aid batteries cost?

Batteries cost around $1.25 each. If you have a Sonus Solutions package you could get up to three years worth of batteries for free.

How long do hearing aid batteries last?

Hearing aid batteries last approximately 6–7 days when the hearing aid is used full-time (morning to night, on a daily basis). If your batteries are lasting less than six days, let us know. Your hearing aid may need to be repaired.

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