How much do you folks pay your HA provider for periodic cleanings, hearing tests, and program adjustments? Is there a “typical” amount to be expected?
When I bought my current Sonic Enchants 5 years ago, my income was especially low that year (it’s always rather meager, but that was a really bad year) and the HIS said I qualified for free “lifetime” (life of the HAs, not my life) services. So I go in every 3 months for cleanings and batteries, every 6 months for a minor adjustment (mainly my “s” sounds keep slipping away), and every year for a hearing test… all at no charge. Very happy with this, but not sure how long it would continue since the HAs are 5 years old now. Of course, for the past 3 years every time I go in he tries to sell me some new HAs, which (under my situation) would now only have 1 year of services included (IIRC it’s $150 or more per year thereafter).
I have to go on Medicare this coming summer, but right now my current insurance situation will let me get a new set of HAs for 5% copay. I want to jump on that. However, with my financial situation I want to be very mindful of what I’ll need to shell out on an annual basis to keep them in good tune.
There are two well-established, sizable audiologist doctor practices in my metro. Today I called each one and asked some questions about insurance, costs, repair facilities, etc. When it came to a recurring cost of HA adjustments, I got ZERO straight answers! One office simply said it was all included for 1 year but didn’t say anything about what comes after that year is up; the other office lady literally said she could not find any adjustment price, and she only quoted a $25 per HA cleaning fee (which would be $200/year if I still took them in every 3 months).
I’m sort of worried about this expense, and it bugs me that I could not get an up-front answer from well-established professional offices. Any thoughts?
My hearing loss is the typical high frequency loss, btw.