Tuesday, October 4, 2011

UnitedHealth to Offer Discounted Hearing Aids

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Soon, UnitedHealth Group, an insurance company, will be offering discounted hearing aids, even to people who do not have the insurance. The hearing aids will cost between $749 - $949 per aid, and will be available online, without a visit to the audiologist.

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?

3 comments:

  1. Having just spent 3 months in tester aids while my audiologist has worked with the settings, tried additional tests, and used the best of her knowledge to get me a satisfactory set of programs, I feel pretty sure this would not work for me. Communication with a caring professional is an essential part of having a satisfactory experience with a hearing aid.

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  2. Very bad idea. You can't self diagnose hearing loss. What if the volume is too low on the computer speakers?

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  3. Thanks for the post. I liked it. Keep going I follow you.

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