TexasT's (texasts) wrote,

The Hearing is the Thing

So meeting with the Hearing Aid Consultant did NOT go off exactly as I planned. While we were talking she had me put on some demo units. OMG! What a freakin' difference. While we discussed various devices (appliances?) I marvelled at the difference these things made. When she left the room to re-verify my insurance coverage, I could hear conversations from down the hall! With the door mostly shut! These are a must have at this point.

When she came back in I could tell something was wrong. "Mr T's, We verified your coverage and hearing aids are NOT covered unless the loss is by accidient or due to a surgery."

Me: WTF?!?! Not what I was told.

She: Yessir. We see this kind of thing a lot. Obviously the representative did not read the fine print...

*Okay so when I said I was pissed off and my insurance provider and The Big Clam the other day this was the reason.*

They won't pay a frickin' DIME!

So I applied for the credit they had available on the spot. 7-10 days before I find out as for some reason the automated approval had some issues with me. They'll want more info and we'll just wait and see.

We talked some more and I asked the nice lady to order them anyway. I'll find a way to get the cash. Once I left the doctor's office I called my "Advocate" at the insurance company and asked WTF?!?!

She looked it up and said, "I'm sorry Mr T's, but apparently I did not read far enough. The reason the consultant gave you was correct."

I can't even begin to imagine how many shades of red I must have turned. I blasted her pretty effin' good. In a sort of polite kind of way. I was sitting in my car in a mostly empty parking lot.

But for those of you who might be curious:
What do they cost? From $2K to $3.2K. EACH. Not for the pair. EACH.
What is the expected lifetime? 3 - 7 years.
Are the batteries proprietary? No. Standard hearing aid type batteries.
Lifetime of a battery? 7-10... DAYS. 2 weeks tops.

The premium devices use smart technology to discern what type sound you are dealing with and attempt to act accordingly.

Believe it! These things can seriously improve your quality of life. But Day-um!!

Tha's it for me, I'm off to bed...
Tags: 42, medical, my exciting life
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