My insurance pays for hearing aids! What’s the catch?
Friday, January 18, 2013
You may be noticing that you or your spouse are having a little more difficulty hearing, especially in noisy situations. Going out to eat and having a conversation in a busy restaurant have become a challenge and there is less agreement on where the TV’s volume should be set. But daily life is moving quickly and you don’t have time to pay attention to this problem that has been creeping up. Even if you did, the thought of wearing hearing aids is not appealing. Your Grandma had a hearing aid and it was big and clunky. It whistled, and she still couldn’t hear you on the phone! So, what would be the point of spending a lot of money on something that you don’t want? Your friend told you that her insurance did not cover them when her husband was fit for hearing aids and you do not want to spend that kind of money.
- How do I know I am getting the right device for my hearing loss and needs?
- How is the company going to verify the fit and the prescription?
- How will I learn to use the device properly?
- What if I don’t like the feel or the sound of the instrument?
- What happens if it stops working?
- What if my ears or hearing change?
When you go to an Audiologist, there is a detailed process from selecting the right instruments for your needs, through verification of the settings and continued maintenance through the life of those instruments. Many factors come into play when picking the right instruments such as your lifestyle, occupation and preferences. Custom molds may be needed to obtain a proper physical fit and sound testing in the office will verify the proper acoustic fit. It is also typical for patients to need gradual adjustments to these parameters as they become accustomed to the devices. And finally, ongoing service is typically needed to maintain proper function, including maintenance of the devices, ear and hearing rechecks, repair and warranty service, and fine tuning of the programs and settings. All of these factors are important to obtaining and maintaining the proper function of hearing instruments and most if not all of these services are provided at no additional charge by your Audiologist.