Frequently Asked Questions
When should I get my hearing checked?
Routinely throughout life, as often as you get your eyes checked.
How will I notice a reduction in my hearing?
You may or may not, but others will. (That’s why you get it checked.) The first thing you may notice is that people seem to mumble.
How much is a comprehensive hearing evaluation at Ears to You?
$39.00. We also have a free screening.
Will insurance pay for it?
Possibly. Medicare will only pay for a hearing evaluation if it is part of a physician’s diagnostic process. Many insurance companies follow Medicare’s lead in this regard.
Who uses hearing technology?
People of all ages. About half of all hearing loss is genetic, and it can show up early in life.
When should I use hearing technology?
When your hearing is reduced and you want to keep it at its best.
What hearing aid brands do you sell?
Oticon, Unitron, Widex, Phonak, and Audina. Many brands have similar technology. The most important consideration is your choice of provider.
Why is the choice of a provider important?
Education and experience vary widely. Some dispensers do not have a college education. Others, such as audiologists, have a masters or doctorate. The important thing is to find an audiologist. Audiologists get extensive training on hearing technology as well as the testing and rehabilitative processes needed to make that technology a success.
How much do your hearing aids cost?
Our prices range from about $700.00 per aid to about $2100.00 per aid. Two top-of-the-line examples are the Oticon Opn 1 and the Widex Beyond. These are less than $4300.00 a pair. They allow you to seamlessly communicate directly with your IPhone and automatically manage your listening environment to provide the best possible listening experience.
Can I try before I buy?
Yes! We have a limited number of demo hearing aids you can use for a week or two in order to discover the benefits of better hearing.
Does insurance help with hearing aid costs?
Some plans do. Please check with your insurance company to see if you have a hearing aid benefit.
Do you offer free checkups for the life of the hearing aid?
No. Providers who offer “free” checkups build the price of those checkups into the price you pay upfront for their hearing aids. We use a fee-for-service model in which you only pay for products and/or services as you get them. The goal is to promote fairness and transparency in the process that leads to better hearing.
Can hearing aids help me with my phone or TV?
When I started fitting hearing aids in 1998, their main utility was better hearing in quiet places. Nowadays you can connect your phone, TV, or other audio device to your hearing aids using a technology called Bluetooth. Some hearing aids will communicate directly with your IPhone. (People LOVE these!)
What is Real Ear?
Real Ear is the process of measuring the sounds a hearing aid makes in your ear canal. Your audiologist needs to know exactly how your hearing aid responds to soft, medium, and loud sounds in order to adjust it precisely for your particular hearing loss. This measurement was highly recommended by Consumer Reports and is considered a part of best practices by the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Can you provide hearing care in my home?
Yes! All the services I offer at my Warwick Blvd. office can be provided in a home or office setting.
How would you test hearing in my home?
Foam-insert ear phones are used to reduce ambient noise. Valid test results can almost always be obtained in a quiet living room or dining room.
Does it cost extra for you to come to my home?
Yes. I need to account for travel time and vehicle expenses. The home visit fee ranges from $75.00 to $95.00, depending on how far I need to travel.
How far do you travel?
Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Smithfield, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Poquoson, Seaford, York County, Williamsburg.