Someone’s need for a new HA, replacement HA, repaired HA and a CI, compared to health care needs to deal with with coronavirus patients is not fair comparison. Obviously life and death situations trump hearing loss. Yet when you think about a ENT doctor, or more to the point an audiologist/hearing aid dealer really perform their work outside the scope of the coronavirus crisis. I personally don’t see how someone being tested for a hearing loss and then ordering hearing aids impacts the medical worlds efforts to deal with the coronavirus. I’m sure there are posters on the board that still have regular service through their HA provider, yet there are many, many others who can’t get hearing related service they want, Case in point read the following.
“News of Cochlear’s legal loss came a day after the group issued its [second coronavirus-inspired earnings downgrade amid calls in the US and Europe for hospitals to delay elective surgery where possible to free up the health system for an influx of patients”.
Now I can understand how CI related surgery might impact other medical emergencies but then again isn’t CI skull surgery done on an out patient basis? Also there are audiologists at heath clinics that have been instructed to tell current/new patients “don’t call us - we will call you” at the proper time to schedule hearing related services. Well last I checked an “audiologist” was not a doctor in medical terms but a highly educated professional trained to deal with one thing - Hearing Loss. Which has nothing to do with coronavirus nor the health of patients infected with the virus.
It’s now obvious to all that the coronavirus is going to be around for a year plus and longer if a successful vaccine is not manufactured on a very large scope. So with that extended time lag (that is not guaranteed) are those who need new HA’s, those who need replacement HA’s, those who need HA repair or those who need a cochlear implant held hostage in “no man’s land” and told please be patient - we will get back to you sometime in 2021 if a successful vaccine is found for the coronavirus?