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Old 06-21-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I'm going to need hearing aids finally so someone who has them talk to me please about what to look for etc. and what brands work well that don't cost an arm and a leg.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:12 PM
 
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The first thing you need to do is see a doctor about your hearing loss. Some types of loss simply aren't helped by an aid. You can waste a great deal of money getting one that doesn't work for YOU. It might be a great aid for someone else, but not for you.

Our city has a non-profit organization that sells aids. It is much less costly than the for profit businesses. Your city may have one too. At any rate, get the type of aid that your doctor reccommends.
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Hayesville, N.C>
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I have had hearing loss for four years and Medicare will not pay for it, Medicaid will, the question is why? A hearing aid cost about four thousand dollars and hearing devices are a piece of junk. I live in North Carolina. Thoughts please? Paul
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Old 09-02-2015, 04:50 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Some hearing devices are junk, some are not. Medicare covers medical treatments. Hearing aids are devices, not treatments, and therefore would be covered under whatever covers prescription devices (which, I'm assuming, is what Medicaid covers). I don't know where you're getting your prices from, but over here in Connecticut a high-end PAIR of hearing aids costs around $3500. That's for two, not one, and they're custom fitted for you, and custom calibrated for your specific hearing needs, come with a full 1-year warrantee, and include on, off, omnidirectional, unidirectional, and a noise-reduction button for when you need to use the telephone.

The pair I have are from Seimen's but I dropped one and it broke, and have to have it replaced. The other one is still working fine. When I get the broken one replaced, I've decided to opt -out- of the noise reduction option that I had originally, because I really don't use the phone enough to need it, and it's an extra $800 for the option.
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:06 PM
 
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Some hearing devices are junk, some are not. Medicare covers medical treatments. Hearing aids are devices, not treatments, and therefore would be covered under whatever covers prescription devices (which, I'm assuming, is what Medicaid covers). I don't know where you're getting your prices from, but over here in Connecticut a high-end PAIR of hearing aids costs around $3500. That's for two, not one, and they're custom fitted for you, and custom calibrated for your specific hearing needs, come with a full 1-year warrantee, and include on, off, omnidirectional, unidirectional, and a noise-reduction button for when you need to use the telephone.

The pair I have are from Seimen's but I dropped one and it broke, and have to have it replaced. The other one is still working fine. When I get the broken one replaced, I've decided to opt -out- of the noise reduction option that I had originally, because I really don't use the phone enough to need it, and it's an extra $800 for the option.
I have significant hearing loss in one ear. The top of the line hearing aid was $3200 and that was three years ago. Just for one.

I wonder why the price difference?
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:30 PM
 
Location: In a house
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I have significant hearing loss in one ear. The top of the line hearing aid was $3200 and that was three years ago. Just for one.

I wonder why the price difference?
Could be a difference in brands, or distributors, your particular needs might require more expensive components than mine do, your location might be a contributing factor. Mine were high-end for my needs, but I don't have "significant" loss. I have moderate loss (it's degenerative nerve damage) in both ears and significant problems with word differentiation.

Could be a combination of any/all of those things.
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