Hearing aid comments and opinions


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Old 01-05-20, 07:52 AM
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I was told that my first appointment with the audiologist will be about 1 hour + there will be another appointment later and after that I will get my hearing aid. Perhaps the price include the audiologist cost? In any case the cost is outrageous and wonder why the government doesnít step in to do something.

I live in the Montreal suburbs, an area with approx. a million people and looking for an audiologists there are at least 2 dozen of them and to get an appointment there is about 2 weeks waiting period. So all these guys even if they sell 1 unit per month they must do more than enough to survive. As mentioned here the aid itself cost under $10.00 to manufacture so I donít know how they arrive at that ridiculous selling price.
 
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Old 01-05-20, 09:02 AM
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A friend of mine just got a pair of behind the ear hearing aids and he is quite happy with them. They even connect to his phone and can take calls with them and listen to audiobooks or podcasts as they act the same as Bluetooth headsets. He can also control the volume as well with his phone.
 
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Old 01-05-20, 09:57 AM
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Tolyn,
Can you get the name of these units and the approximate cost?
 
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Old 01-05-20, 10:29 AM
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I sent him a message and will post back when he replies. Sometimes it can take a day or two.
 
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Old 01-05-20, 10:34 AM
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Just my opinion, I wouldn’t like to have Bluetooth waves in my ear! We all know that’s a controversy and many of us use a similar headset to listen to our phones but why take a chance? Plus this feature will be an extra cost to an already supper inflated price!
 
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Old 01-05-20, 12:42 PM
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My recommendation for those considering hearing aids - get a referral from your doctor and go to the audiology dept at your local hospital or clinic. Many (most?) of the hearing aid store audiologists typically work on commission.

Here in CT hearing aids are covered by medicaid but ironically not covered by medicare. So if you worked all your life and paid into the SS system you get squat. If you are a deadbeat, unemployed drug addict you get freebies.

You can see a list of states and their medicaid coverage for hearing loss.
 
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Old 01-05-20, 05:19 PM
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Thanks, I will be looking into that companies products.
 
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Old 01-06-20, 06:25 AM
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I am 68 and have been wearing the high cost ones for about 8 years. I was a low income worker so it was not an easy decision. Well worth it. I hear better, not great. But without them I need people to be close and loud and to speak clearly. My audiologist explained that people who wait until they can barely hear do worse than those who get them earlier. Seems the brain forgets how to decipher speech well and never recovers as far when you wait too long. So, wait a while and you will never get back some sounds.

My latest pair are the high level ones with Bluetooth.they are great. I love hearing phone calls through them. I was really having a hard time there. Talking to my son on the phone is important. Now I can do that again. Also, the TV is in my hearing aids now so my wife no longer complains about the sound level.

Bought my my last pair over the internet for $3000 less than the local people wanted. Be sure you get a good hearing test and graph first, then send it to the sellers who program them before shipping. They can be fine tuned remotely.

I agree the markup is larcenous but my being able to hear is more important. If you cheap out and get ones that don’t work or you don’t wear then good is a deal? Spend the money if you value being able to have real conversations. They don’t have to be top of the line, but get real hearing aids not the TV crap.
 
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Old 01-06-20, 08:00 AM
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I've read thru all the posts on this thread, and noted a few posters have mentioned how well the headsets for TVs work for them. I don't personally wear hearing aids and can normally hear the TV pretty well, however I have to often interpret words for my wife and her mom (who lives with us), both of whom wear the high-$ BTE style, if we all are watching a show together at what seems to me to be a reasonable volume. This is particularly a problem with British mystery shows!!

My questions are:
1. What brand of TV headsets work well?
2. Do hearing aids need to be removed to use them?

The Bluetooth feature is probably a non-starter, although both of their HAs do have that capability. I'm pretty tech-savvy, but they are both quite adverse to learning & using new technology .

Adding to the observations regarding ridiculous cost of HAs: My wife's HAs can be controlled from a smartphone. . . but one has to purchase the app to do so, and this is after spending nearly $6K for them to start with. What a racket.
 
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Old 01-06-20, 08:41 AM
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I hear the TV through my hearing aids, not headphones. It also requires a connection box device from the hearing aid company. Should also note there are delay issues in that the HA sound is slightly different from The TV speakers. This can be confusing to some. Works for me as I turn the speakers off completely.

Again, cost is high. But I value it worth it to be able to hear and participate. Some things are overpriced but I still pay it. It is a value judgement.
 
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Old 01-07-20, 05:48 PM
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Here is my friends' reply:

Oticon mini. Don’t know cost but was told they are expensive.

The reason he doesn't know the cost is he got them through the VA. That is also likely one of the reasons why they are so expensive because insurance is paying for them. People tend to not care about cost when they are are not paying for them. Just like other medical items.
 
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Old 01-08-20, 03:23 AM
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It seems the cost ranges from $1500 to $2000
 
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Old 01-08-20, 03:46 AM
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he got them through the VA
A friend of mine got his thru the VA. He claimed the VA paid $6k for the pair.
 
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Old 01-08-20, 04:36 AM
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Update on the new hear aid regulations, appears to be kicking in this year, need to do more reading to fully understand the implacations.

https://www.aarp.org/health/conditio...ring-aids.html
 
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Old 02-04-20, 01:52 PM
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Yesterday my wife went to her audiologist to get her new hearing aids. When she came home she told me that they weren't ready yet. She also told me the price - $6,000!!!! Unfortunately they aren't covered by our insurance (Medicare/Tricare) (however, here in CT they are covered by Medicaid) Later in the day she pulled her hair back to show me that the hearing aids were in place. She was happy that I could not see them. Right now she has them on a 3 month trial basis while we figure out if they are worth the cost.
 
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Old 11-15-20, 06:44 AM
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Was thinking about this the other day, does not appear that the law passed a few years allowing for OTC devices is in effect but appears early 2021 products may be available.

https://www.aarp.org/health/conditio...ring-aids.html

 
 

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