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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...


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Nov. 4th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Well C.R.A.P.

Nov. 4th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
And S. H.I.T. too!
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Day-Um is right!
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
What hoops they are putting you through! I am amazed at the cost of these things, and also the short life of the batteries. Surely there must be something better?
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
These are reputedly almost the best there are.

Given the usage of the devices I guess I shouldn't really be surprised. 12-14 hours a day every day... I'd run out of juice too!


As to the cost, well, it is what it is.
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Man that's so annoying, I'm glad you gave that woman what for, how careless of her to not read the whole thing grrrr
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it! I cannot tell you how just plain pissed off I was.
Nov. 6th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
OMG the air must have been blue. I can't even imagine how angry you were. Insurance (non)coverage sets me off, especially when you consider what you're paying in premiums. They should cover everything, and serve your favorite latte while you're waiting. Period.

Wow -- thanks for all the info you shared. I knew the li'l suckers were higher'n a kite, just didn't know HOW high. I really thought the expected life would run closer to ten years, though. And the short battery life is a shocker, too! Who knew?
Nov. 6th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
Certainly was blue once I left the office! I went off all over my "Nurse Advocate"...

I think you can get maybe 10 with care. Or can afford to replace 'em...

Small battery~short life? Dunno
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