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Cutting out the audiologist means UnitedHealth needs a way to program the aids, and they plan to do so through an online hearing test or through smartphones. The company will use your results from the test to send you a programmed aid.
I'm curious what you think about this. On one hand, I appreciate the cheaper price of hearing aids and I think that will help a lot of people. On the other hand, I think audiologists provide more than simply programming a hearing aid to a customer's needs. My audiologist has provided me with invaluable ways to handle my hearing loss, attention to detail, and communication that I think would be lost if you simply take a test and get some hearing aids in the mail.
What do you think?