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This Week's Carenote - 01/08/13

Does anyone have information about how to pay for hearing aids?  That's why most people won't get them; their insurance won't pay and they can't afford them. Some people are living in nursing facilities and lose them and replacement is too expensive.  Also, the batteries run out and constant replacement is too difficult--especially if they have dementia.

Deborah

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Name: Anna Marie
Location: Norwalk CT
Date: 01/17/2013
Time: 06:09 AM

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If the hearing loss isn't too bad, try alternate means such as Nature Ear. They work, but are small. Cost is less than $700 for both, last I checked. Just google them. There are other companies that have less expensive hearing aids. Again, it depends on the hearing loss extent and if the person has someone to help with the aids. Good luck.


Name: Maxine Horn
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Date: 01/14/2013
Time: 06:17 AM

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The previous responses were absolutely right on. There is another way to access some personal amplification that has been successful with many of my callers and that is with a Williams Sound product, "Pocketalker Pro" or a similar product that will cost under $200. This is an amplifier about the size of a deck of cards that can be worn on a cord around the neck, or placed on a surface close to the user that is attached to ear buds or head phones. It will amplify conversation or TV quite substantially, although not with the refining technology that one finds in hearing aids. It can be very helpful.


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Date: 01/13/2013
Time: 03:56 PM

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AARP helped my Mom out. Not sure how much but I think it was at least 500.00. You need to be a member but the fee is not much. Good luck


Name: Rodger Wetzel
Location: Wetzel SeniorCare, Bismarck, ND
Date: 01/13/2013
Time: 07:32 AM

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A good website for state specific medicaid assistance for hearing aids is: www.hearingloss.org/content/medicaid-regulations


Name: Rodger Wetzel
Location: Wetzel SeniorCare, Bismarck, ND
Date: 01/13/2013
Time: 07:26 AM

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Also check with your state's Medicaid agency. Some states pay for hearing aids under their Medicaid program.


Name: Carolyn
Location: Rockville, MD
Date: 01/08/2013
Time: 01:19 PM

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For first-time hearing aids, there may not be insurance other than VA, which is for veterans. Once hearing aids are purchased, it's a good idea to insure them. The audiologist ought to be able to get you info. about annual insurance, which in my father's case cost about $300/yr.--a lot cheaper than a new pair of hearing aids.


Name: Gerianne
Location: Florida
Date: 01/08/2013
Time: 08:37 AM

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Dr Leonard's catalog company sells hearing aids at VERY reasonable prices! You will be happy; spread the word! Hearing aids do NOT have to be costly.


Name: Jane
Location: Georgia
Date: 01/08/2013
Time: 06:00 AM

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The local Lions Club assisted with my mother-in-law's hearing aids. We paid $250 for both. You could also investigate VA benefits - my uncle is a WWII vet and when we asked, went through all the steps, we got hearing aids and glasses through their help. I applaud you for recognizing how important hearing is. Everyone said my mother-in-law had dementia, but I think it was due in part because of the lack of hearing. Blessings


 







 

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