Help! I can't afford to buy hearing aids

Posted by hammock2015 @hammock2015, Mar 26 12:34pm

I am in need of a pair of hearing aids but cannot afford them. I am disabled and my soc. sec. disability checks out me WELL below poverty level. I do have a new insurance policy starting on April 1st but it only covers so much. Are there any companies, foundations or whatever else that can help me get hearing aids?

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Check Hearing loss associations- your Audiologists should know of places that helps. Senior centers usually has someone in them that would know . Contract your senators about this too. Enough studies about how bad hearing loss can be without help. If I had gotten cochlear implants before 65, under Medicaid coverage would have 100 percent. I say no and my aids are going to last forever- 15 years old.

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@bookysue

Check Hearing loss associations- your Audiologists should know of places that helps. Senior centers usually has someone in them that would know . Contract your senators about this too. Enough studies about how bad hearing loss can be without help. If I had gotten cochlear implants before 65, under Medicaid coverage would have 100 percent. I say no and my aids are going to last forever- 15 years old.

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Hullo kid. Check with your local lions club. They have donated hearing loss equipment aimed for someone just like you. Don’t despair. Someone where you live will help you. Just about any audiologist should be able to point you in the right direction. Hang in there. Wet mountain john

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I forgot the Lions club- they are awesome

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@hammock2015 COntact your local Lions club they have hearing aids that they give to people in need .

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@hammock2015
Hi

Sertoma is a good organization depending on what state you live in. A man in my gym class went to an audiologist and told him he couldn’t afford to pay those prices. His Audi was able to get a pair of refurbished older model aids for a few hundred dollars.

Good luck

FL Mary

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@hammock2015 Another option is Starkey Hearing Aids has a Foundation that distributes free hearing aids all over the world. You have to qualify financially. If you go to their website and look for the Foundation (might be called HearNow) it has a pre-qualifying link to tell whether you qualify or not. Good luck.

Mike

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Not a good hearing aid company. Sorry. Too many horror stories.

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@bookysue

Not a good hearing aid company. Sorry. Too many horror stories.

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@bookysue Check into the Lions club they can help with hearing aides

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I know. – keep on forgetting- somebody mentioned it yesterday
Interesting bit- Hear well ( a company in anJ) only will do ohone calls- I explained that I cannot hear on the phone and has sent text and email with information. I have not heard back. They do trial runs of some aids . Sad.

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In response to bookysue's post about a hearing aid co. that only does phone calls: This is an extremely common problem with anything even remotely related to medical issues, thanks to HIPPA!!!! No way to make appts. without calling in most cases, esp. (bad joke at best!) HEARING CLINICS! I drive to my local primary doc's office to make an appt.; ditto with my eye specialist. However, my kidney doc and all the hearing clinics are two hours away…and only do phone. Shoot, I can't always even figure out the correct response to confirm an appt. (if that's what they're calling about). Recently, I tried making an appt. with the local vet to get booster shots for the cat. Although I knew that they had recently expanded hours to some on Sunday, I had heard that they were short hours and only for emergencies. Imagine my surprise when I appeared at the correct time a day late on Monday…and got charged a premium for a drop-in appt.

Although my primary care doc, a friend, has given me her e-mail, she reminds me that it is NEVER to be used for anything medical. Crazy world!

Living in a town 100% reliant on tourism is now even more frustrating. Our coastal town of 8,000 has 50,000 people in town any summer weekend with more on holiday weekends. Very strange to see Mickey D's lot empty! All restaurants and bars were closed by Oregon's Gov. two weeks ago, but it was only Wed. that our mayor finally gave in and closed all overnight lodging…after an e-mail campaign. Again, crazy world! We need to give credit to the local Indian tribe as they closed their casino, six restaurants, and huge hotel before it was ordered. Better yet, since they do not contribute to unemployment benefits, they are paying all their employees, at least for the time being. There are bright spots if we search…

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Strange this is the case- I do have one good thing – Penn care though other than the eye doc and depression nurse has My Chart app which allows me to avoid the phone to do appts and other matters. Finally because of the virus my prescription Nurse practitioner allowed me to access her and the case manager by email- they were going to call me- I though did research and found her email and say no phone call. She and the Case manager stages I was the first person to successfully do this to their surprise . I was able to get away with it. I have asked before the virus for email success to no avail. Crazy this has to happen for me to succeed. I have nurse staff for a number of years fighting for me to contract by email or text. Both eye and depression folks were not accessible by email/ text . Now just the eye doctor- geez I will get this someday- stubborn Sue

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@bookysue

I know. – keep on forgetting- somebody mentioned it yesterday
Interesting bit- Hear well ( a company in anJ) only will do ohone calls- I explained that I cannot hear on the phone and has sent text and email with information. I have not heard back. They do trial runs of some aids . Sad.

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@bookysue
Hi to you and everyone else about hearing on the phone.
Please load INNOCAPTION+ app on your phones. If you have not heard of it go online and research it. It’s free and has an easy sign up. Any calls that come into your cell or that you make are captioned and you can also
hear the voice (or not). Voice mail is captioned.

Depending on your cell phone carrier you can have calls placed to your cell number that are transferred immediately to the Innocaption+ number that is assigned to you. Just swipe to open the app and answer the call. I have used it for years. The latest update allows you to have both operators who are captioning and will switch over to voice recognition when all operators are busy.
Everyone who has a landline should also have either a Captel phone or Caption Call phone. There is no reason for you to be at a disadvantage and dependent on someone else unless you live in a remote area with little or no WiFi.

FL Mary

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No landline- I have InnoCaption- doesn’t work 100 percent for me . Thanks though

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@bookysue
Darn, I’m sorry to hear that about INNOCAPTION. Have you ever tried emailing customer support. I have on several occasions and they were fast in their response and very helpful. Do you have any idea why it doesn’t work all the time? I’m so dependent on that app.

FL Mary

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They are very responsive- and they acted very quickly – even made change in the early days on my comments- So it’s me not them- thanks

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