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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    I haven’t mentioned political parties once. If hearing aids go OTC then people, like me who get them through their insurance will have to pay for them. I may not have to pay for mine as it is a service connected disability but most people will.


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    Sorry,SD, I was not referring to you. I really appreciate your answers.

    The person who informed me said it was a Warren bill and Trump signed it.

    Their lobbyists spen $2 Million fighting the bill. But after googling I found that Grassley,Issackson and several others signed on. I have a pretty good idea several of them have had experiences over the years.

    Many Insurance companies have not covered them until the last few years and many have been fitted with ill fitting or aids that do not work. There is huge profit in the industry. There are good Professionals and those not so good. I am sure you know this,

    And your answer? Yes,I do.

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    With the exception of my very first hearing aid, I have never had a bad one. My first one was ill fitting and went through batteries so quickly that I had to carry spares with me at all times. When they become OTC that ends that. It should be noted that this bill passed in the Senate 94-1. Hearing aids are like glasses, they need to be correct for each individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    With the exception of my very first hearing aid, I have never had a bad one. My first one was ill fitting and went through batteries so quickly that I had to carry spares with me at all times. When they become OTC that ends that. It should be noted that this bill passed in the Senate 94-1. Hearing aids are like glasses, they need to be correct for each individual.

    I agree with you and wonder how it will work out. But the complaints I hear and the excessive costs are out of control,too.

    They not only need to fit, but the person has to adjust their brain to hearing again.

    I have no idea how this bill will work out, but also know there are frauds out there. I am sure you hear these stories,too. Heard 3 this morning at the Y of people paying huge amounts. Many do not have insurance.

    I also heard this morning about a woman who paid $15,000 for Dental Implants. No insurance.

    I do not have answers to this bill.

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    Hearing aids are like any other electronic. There are inexpensive models. They are the larger, bulkier ones that are not rechargeable. People want the ones that are very small and rechargeable. Of course, these cost more. My first hearing aid was a behind the ear model. It was bulky. At the time I wore glasses, so it worked. That one cost around a thousand dollars. Currently, I have two different models. One is a behind the ear, rechargeable, that will even connect to my iPhone. It's a LiNX 3D LT61 DRWZ. Using it, I can clearly hear phone calls, stream music, and still hear conversations without wind noise. But again, this is where you get what you pay for. This isn't an inexpensive I just need to increase the volume hearing aid. My other is a completely hidden inner ear model, Phonak Virto B90 Titanium SP. I bought the LiNX myself and the insurance company bought the Phonak. The LiNX is far better quality but has the disadvantage of being a behind the ear model that has to be recharged daily.

    I pulled out my cases to find out the model numbers on these to illustrate that there is far more to a hearing aid then just something that makes the noise louder. These are really amazing pieces of technology that fits in a tiny package. There are many different levels of hearing aids. You can get an iHear for $300 for a BTE and $400 for an invisible. Either an iHear or a LiNX will work around the problem of hearing loss. It's the difference of driving to work in a Cadillac or a Chevrolet. They'll both get you there but one you will hear road noise, feel a few bumps, and won't have those nice heated seats.

    Making hearing aids OTC will have good points and bad points. Will it allow more generics and low end models into the market? Most likely. This will bring the price down. The flip side of that is OTC isn't covered by insurance. One of the problems with passing what seems like easy legislation into law is that there is always a downside. Truthfully, it won't matter for me, because I am still going to buy a good high end properly fitted hearing aid, but this might matter for some who now will pay out of pocket, they might opt for a cheaper model. We all know how it is, once you've driven the Cadillac, you don't want to drive the Chevrolet.

    I also do not have the answers for this bill.
    Thanks from MaryAnne

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    Yes,there are many different models and they are changing fast. Seimans now has the tiny one.

    There are also different degrees and reasons for hearing loss. Young people listening to loud music is affecting their hearing.

    But we also know there are rip offs in the Insustry. You used to be able to only get one from Ear Specialists. That is not true today. So many companies. The average person is inundated. And the elderly are targeted. It is also a part of aging.

    But thanks for the info. I had not heard about the bill until yesterday.
    Thanks from Southern Dad

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