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#1 bruinator

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:33 AM

Does anyone know of any program that will help with lowering the cost of a hearing aid? The cost of them are ridiculously high.

 

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:45 AM

What program do you have in mind - a computer program or something like a government support program, subsidy etc?

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:45 AM

Not a computer program but something that is similar to the other 2 you mentioned.  thx



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:53 AM

That makes sense, I couldn't easily visualize a way a computer program would help with the cost of a hearing aid. I think any assistance or community support program is going to depend on both your location and personal circumstances. Different nations might offer different possibilities, whether federal or state government based, or if any other agency can assist I expect you'd need to make local inquiries.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:02 AM

A great deal depends on where you are located.  I have a friend who was the audiologist for the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) for decades.  If you are in the United States I could ask her about options for assistance for defraying the cost.  If you're not, that wouldn't do you any good.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:21 AM

A great deal depends on where you are located.  I have a friend who was the audiologist for the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) for decades.  If you are in the United States I could ask her about options for assistance for defraying the cost.  If you're not, that wouldn't do you any good.

yes, could you plz do so. I would appreciate it greatly. I live in Ma.  thx



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:54 AM

It may take a couple of days, but I will check and post back.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:41 AM

It may take a couple of days, but I will check and post back.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 09:25 AM

This is the response I received from my audiologist friend:  Lions Clubs are a good resource. They do not help with payment but they collect and refurbish hearing aids and then work with dispensing audiologists and hearing aid specialists within their respective communities to fit hearing aids. That would be the first thing to check in this person's area.


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:42 AM

Another member sent me a private message with this article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-t-miller/hearing-aid_b_1641528.html

 

Although it's 5 years old these programs don't tend to go in and out of existence any too frequently, except for some government ones which are constantly subject to funding cuts secondary to the "we must always cut taxes" attitude that's become endemic, and destructive, in the United States.


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

Ran across this yesterday but waited for britechguy's input. 
Lions club mentioned in this list:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/mcdhh/programs/hearing-dogs/financial-assistance-and-recycling-hearing-aids.html

This seems to be a last resort (page dated 2012) after other avenues pursued:
https://hearinglosscentralma.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/financial-assistance-for-hearing-aids/

Assuming Ma. is Massachusetts.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:53 AM

except for some government ones which are constantly subject to funding cuts secondary to the "we must always cut taxes" attitude that's become endemic, and destructive, in the United States.

Yeah, that's pretty sucky that many people don't get that the idea of the government cuts are in order to steer the now post-cut free funds into a more positive direction, such as similar medical assistance programs as the one presented in this topic. But instead, when making budget cuts everything gets cut, which creates numerous bad situations. Prime example (and I'm not sure if this is present in the US or not) - getting an ambulance ride to the hospital is free... getting back is not, lol. It's like, what?!, someone in the government assumed that getting checked out of hospital automatically means that the patient can just walk out to their homes while whistling. :lmao:


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 11:09 AM

More general info,
http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Health-Insurance-Coverage-for-Hearing-Aids/ 

http://www.healthyhearing.com/help/hearing-aids/insurance-financial-assistance

http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/hearing-loss-resources/financial-assistance
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

Thx for one and all for this help. Much appreciated.



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:11 PM

Having grown up a household where one adult female was deaf, hearing aids have come a long ways but have not come down in price.  Devices in the 1970's were around $500. quite expensive but today they are advanced to provide a broad range of applications for specific symptoms but due to inflation, are still very expensive,  anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000.  I think the reason is the health care industry and the fact that these are considered "medical devices".


Edited by mjd420nova, 14 September 2017 - 07:11 PM.





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