I am not looking to pick a fight… I am asking this out of ignorance.
What are the practical differences to the patient (me) for having a hearing assessment and buying hearing aids from an audiologist, a Doctor of Audiology, and a Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser?
I had my ears tested at a Costco with a LHAD last week and tomorrow, I have an assessment with an AudD.
The Costco assessment was free and the hearing aids (Resound Alera or Bernafon Veras) are $1300 each. From what I have read here, I might expect the same or comparable hearing aids at $3000+ each and pay for the hearing assessment at the AudD.
I don’t mind paying for the assessment --but should it be more indepth, better assessment, more complete, better interpretation, or what? What should I ask for if it isn’t brought up?
What am I getting for the phenomenal difference in cost of the aids?
As I said… I am not trying to pick a fight. Or insult anyone or an professional certificatrion… I am trying to understand.
I have gone to audiologists in the past and am continnuing to struggle with hearing aids, so I am trying to go about it differently this time and am finding myself floundering… not knowing which way to turn, what to ask, or how to proceed.
Many thanks… jt