Frequently Asked Questions


When should I have my hearing evaluated?

Any time after the age of 40, it is a good idea to have a hearing baseline done. Your eyes and your ears can start to show signs of wear and tear. It should only take about 15 minutes.

Other reasons to have your hearing evaluated: you’re turning up the volume on the television, you have trouble hearing people when there is background noise present or your family tells you it’s time to have your hearing evaluated. They are using too much energy to communicate with you.


My friend purchased hearing aids and she doesn't like them at all.
Will I be successful with hearing aids?

Everyone’s experience with hearing aids is different. Our brains process differently, our hearing loss is different and our expectations are different. Additionally, there is a lot of room for error when purchasing a hearing aid. If you take the right steps and educate yourself, you have a better chance of being successful.


I get so many ads for hearing aids in the mail.
How do I choose the correct one for me?

There is an easy 7-step process:

• See an Audiologist

• Understand your hearing exam

• Choose a style that is appropriate for your hearing loss

• Choose a level of technology that fits your lifestyle and budget.

• Go back for follow-up appointments

• Understand your warranty and trial period

• Have realistic expectations


What do I do if I don’t like my current hearing aids?

Go to your Audiologist (or get a second opinion from someone new). Have your hearing re-evaluated and your hearing aids reprogrammed. Sometimes just a little tweaking can change everything. You don't always need to buy new hearing aids if you are not happy with your current devices.


I don’t want hearing aids to be a crutch.
Can hearing aids make my hearing worse?

Hearing aids will not make your hearing worse! Your brain is like a muscle. You use it, or lose it! Hearing aids are designed to reintroduce sounds to your brain that it has not heard in a while. They are great exercise for your brain!


Why are hearing aids so expensive?

Hearing aids are expensive for a couple reasons. One, there is a lot of research that goes into making hearing aids smaller and more efficient every year. But besides that, when you purchase hearing devices, you are most likely purchasing a service package from your Audiologist. This may cover all of your hearing aid cleanings, reprogramming, etc. This will help you take care of your hearing devices for as long as you have them.


What types of insurance do you accept? Can it be verified before my appointment?

We accept many insurance plans. Though Medicare does not offer coverage for hearing aids, often a supplemental plan can help. Please call our office to have our insurance specialist verify your coverage. They can do that before you come in to visit us!


Do you offer payment plans?

We do! Every situation is different, and we can work with you to make sure you are comfortable with your monthly payment.




1310 Rosecrans Street, Suite A

San Diego, CA 92106



849 Coast Boulevard

La Jolla, CA 92037



171 C Avenue, Suite A

Coronado, CA 92118



Programs & Services

Hearing Exams, Analysis, and Evaluations

Hearing Aids: Evaluation, Inspection, and Cleaning

House Calls

Lyric and LACE

Tinnitis Rehabilitation

TV Ears

Custom Earmolds



Hearing Resources

Why Choose an Audiologist

How you Hear

Types and Causes of Hearing Loss

Myths about Hearing Loss

About Tinnitus

Our Solutions



About Us

Our Mission Statement

About Dr. Dena Riso

Our Dedicated Staff

Clubs and Associations

Our Patients Speak

What Our Patients Have to Say About us and Our Services

Contact Us

How to reach us, where to find us, and schedule an appointment with us

San Diego Audiologist Dena Riso, Au.D. and the staff of Peninsula Hearing Center Inc. are dedicated to protect and preserve your hearing. We provide state-of-the-art hearing services for everyone. We promote healthy hearing and educate our communities about hearing loss. We offer preventative and diagnostic hearing services, including screenings for hearing aid use and purchases, evaluations, rehabilitative and preventative counseling. We are dedicated to keeping current on the latest technologies and techniques in hearing medicine and are dedicated to offering the most appropriate options to our patients.