Jay Beeler

Two weeks ago, I took my wife to get a hearing test at Sonus Hearing Care Professionals in Seal Beach. She’s been having hearing problems over the past year and the testing was ordered by her ENT physician, who is part of the Optum Medical Group in Long Beach.

After the testing my wife and I were invited into the clinic manager’s office to see a graph of the results, which demonstrated her problem. We were not prepared for the sales pitch that followed, suggesting that my wife pay $3-8,000 for hearing aids. “Wait a second,” I thought to myself. “Shouldn’t the doctor be receiving these results and then recommend the purchase of hearing aids?”

Having had two hearing tests in as many years as ordered by the Veteran’s Administration, I question the use of the word “professionals” by Sonus. Perhaps Optum should find an independent audiology group to perform these tests that is not also in the business of selling its products. That’s the way the VA does it; that’s the way Optum should as well.


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I don’t have gray hair... I have “wisdom highlights.” I’m just very wise.

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I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names.

Now, I’m wondering.... Did I send this to you or did you send it to me?”


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