Adult Hearing Loss Awareness

Did you know that approximately 37 million American adults ages 20 to 69 have some trouble hearing? Become familiar with the common signs of adult hearing loss and please share with your family and friends:
https://www.compasshearing.com/post/adult-hearing-loss

I would say everyone here all ready has hearing loss. I have been wearing aids for over 18 years and should have had aids a number of decades earlier

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You sound like many adults, so if we share information with our friends and family then maybe someone will recognize the signs at a younger age and get tested.

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Anyone that will listen. I do volunteer work at the local VA clinic.

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I believe it is possibly much higher than 37 million Shannon… In the UK, we are always quoted 1 in 7 of the population, and perhaps as high as 1 in 5 in the older age groups? Having said that, you are kind of preaching to the converted, on this forum… Cheers Kev :wink:

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I had the conversation with a volunteer at a hospital where I oversaw volunteers. Because I wear HAs it gave me credibility. He was able to get them from the VA for low cost and was so grateful for the push. However, others I have mentioned the idea to have resisted. Many would rather say “what” than have to consider paying for them, even if they can get past the idea that it’s hearing loss and not “other people mumble”.

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When will HAs be covered by health insurance in the US? It is prohibitive for most.

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Some insurance policy will cover mostly low end aids and they send you to a hearing specialist that isn’t a full audiologist. My neighbor had to go that way and wasn’t fitted with anything close to what she needed. So it was a total ripoff.

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Insurance for hearing aid is good, unfortunately the insurance companies usually go with the lowest cost providers. Whether it is an audiologist or HIS, subpar is subpar and not the best solution. When I was still in practice, I refused to work with some insurances due to what they wanted to fit or what they were willing to pay. An unfortunate fact of life when dealing with insurance companies.

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My BCBS plan covers Costco type level costs, but not typically what you’d see at an audiologist practice. And it has a long time between refreshes, 5 years.

Hearing aids for adults age 22 and over, limited to
$2,500 every 5 calendar years
You pay Any amount over $2,500

BAHA Bone-anchored hearing aids when medically necessary,
limited to $5,000 per calendar year
You pay Any amount over $5,000

$40/visit for testing/fitting when seeing preferred provider. Participating/non-participating: you pay all charges.

No coverage for regular hearing tests.

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I’d take that in a heartbeat. I got nothing. Moving into year 5 with Oticon OPN 1s and doing OK, but want to wait it out and just get a CI for my bad ear and upgrade the HA then.