Short version: Just found out that my health insurance, which never ever covered hearing aids, suddenly covers 80% ‘in network’ after deductible. Might we worthwhile to investigate whether your health insurance has started covering hearing aids too.
Background: At end of road with Costco, I decided to bite the bullet and cough up the dough for a main-stream audiologist and hearing aid. Found an audiologist on this site - under Hearing Centers in the blue band at the top of the page - made an appointment, gave them my insurance info (figuring insurance would pay for exam, and “knowing for certain” it would not cover the hardware), and was stunned when the audiologist told me different. She did the testing, convinced me I needed X, made an earmold impression, and an appointment in ~3 weeks to get the aid / earmold / fitting. I left the office with my head spinning.
At work I logged in to the HR site, link to insurance provider, no helpful info on that page but they had a “Live Chat” option. The insurance company person looked it up and confirmed that for an ‘in network’ provider (which the one I picked as noted above just happened to be) the insurance would cover 80% of the cost of the hearing aid after I met the deductible.
So - not to stir up false hopes, but things change and not always for the worse, and if your health insurance has never covered hearing aids, it might be wise to investigate whether or not that is still the case.