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Old 09-25-2022, 10:48 PM   #1
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I am looking for information on hearing aids. Those of you that have them, which brand would you recommend? I am thinking about the in the canal type, but would like opinions on those also. I have Medicare but donít know exactly what it pays for. Thanks for your help in advance.
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Old 09-25-2022, 10:53 PM   #2
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On for answer too! My bro said he heard that med care paid... I was going to sign up for VA cause I heard they paid for and might pay disability...still looking into so any info would be helpful
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Old 09-25-2022, 11:37 PM   #3
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I would not get an "in the canal" aid. That was my first one, and they would chirp or whistle at times especially when you put your phon to your ear. They may have approved those since then. I have had honk "behind the ear" aids for the last 9 years, and they finally crapped out, I have some Kirkland behind the ears aids on order and will pick them up next Friday. Kirkland is made by Sonova wh also makes Phonak and several others. They cost $1400 compared to the comparable Phonaks that cost ~$5300. Kirklands are sold by Costco and are highly rated.
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Old 09-25-2022, 11:42 PM   #4
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I have heard from good sources that Medicare will not pay for hearing aids. The VA has hooked up several of my friends. I have tried behind the ear, don’t know where they are, I think covid mask got them. Have has good luck with in the canal kind. My next pair will have Bluetooth, all you do is mash the button and say hello.
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Old 09-26-2022, 07:07 AM   #5
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I have had two pair of ReSound. Both behind the ear. The current pair is Bluetooth, and it great for phone calls, music. I have heard that the VA is great for hearing aids. When you get them it takes a week or two to get used to having them in. Best of luck.
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Old 09-26-2022, 07:09 AM   #6
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Getting mine from Costco In two weeks
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Old 09-26-2022, 07:36 AM   #7
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I have the in - the - canal hearing aids and love them, Starkey is my brand, as I understand, the VA (at least at the Audie Murphy VA in SA) only will give you behind the ear hearing aids, which I didn't want.
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:46 AM   #8
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Been wearing them since 2000. Had both and the in the ear canal works best for me. The behind the ear ones were just never right. Glasses and ear muffs on the tractor. My in the canal ones I can change volume and it has 3-4 different environments, TV-crowd-outdoors-and normal that I can change to if needed. Medicare does not pay anything towards the aids unless that has changed. My insurance covered 80% of the cost and we ended up paying about $900.00 out of pocket. I can get a new pair every three years.
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:55 AM   #9
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A good hearing aid clinic will let you try some of them out, and recommend a "best fit" for your conditions. Medicare won't pay anything on them. I tried some of the Walmart hearing aids first, and they helped a little, they were $400 each then. Two years ago I got the best Phonak had to offer with bluetooth to my phone. That was a big improvement, allowing me to talk on my phone again. They are good. The downside is that those were $7000 for the pair. Some insurance policies will pick up varying portions of the cost, my Blue Cross policy didn't. My audiologist has told me that since I got mine that that has changed and my Blue Cross plan will pay up to $1000 per ear. That will help on my next pair, I guess, but they will probably be $10k by then....

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Old 09-26-2022, 09:10 AM   #10
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I got Oticons from the V A for free. I do have a hearing disability from serving in the 2nd Tank Battalion so that’s probably why I got em for free. They work good when I wear em but they make the inside of my ears itch. That why I don’t wear em much. I get along better with wifey without em as well.
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:04 AM   #11
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Va will give them to you for free, and all the batteries and supplies for them for free. Don't put them into your ears unless the inner of the ear is dry.
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:33 AM   #12
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Got mine from Tru Hearing. My Humana Advantage plan paid for the biggest share of them, otherwise I would probably have never bought them. Rechargeable, behind the ear, and Bluetooth. I can change program and volume from my iPhone. I bought them mostly because tv and radio volume was too loud for everyone else. The best part is I can talk and hear with my phone in my shirt pocket.
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Old 09-26-2022, 12:22 PM   #13
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On for answer too! My bro said he heard that med care paid... I was going to sign up for VA cause I heard they paid for and might pay disability...still looking into so any info would be helpful
Hearing loss is supposed to be a presumed service-connected disability and should get you into the system and free hearing aids. However, I have read of folks who were denied the disability.

And, do you know that the VA is the #1 purchaser of hearing aids in the US?
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:44 PM   #14
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I have the Phonak behind the ear Bluetooth through the VA. I love them.


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Old 09-26-2022, 02:32 PM   #15
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I have a pair of Resound that the army gave me. Behind the ear, Bluetooth… all that jazz. They are great but I don’t wear them all that much anymore.

Will use this to add my abbreviated normal soapbox speech. At 28 years old I got hearing aids, so make sure your kiddos or anyone else is wearing gearing protection! Obviously when shooting but when doing the yard work and stuff also. I struggle now at 33 to keep a passing flight physical, all because I thought I was invincible and never wore anything to protect my hearing.
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Old 09-27-2022, 11:23 AM   #16
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I have used Phonak from Costco and now Oticons
Try a couple of pair. They will actually sound different.
I thought the Oticons worked better for speech but they are from an audiologist and are $$$
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Old 09-27-2022, 12:41 PM   #17
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I have the Phonak behind the ear Bluetooth through the VA. I love them.


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Same here. VA told me they cost about $8,000.
I never got used to them. Even with the phone app adjustments via bluetooth.
Haven't worn mine in over a year. Can't get rid of the hissing noise they make.
they do allow me to hear a mouse peeing on cotton but the background noise drives me nuts.
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Old 10-29-2022, 05:43 PM   #18
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Happy with my Phonak hearing aids. I have them for about 3 years now and never had any issues.
All the hearing aid supplies i am ordering online as the prices seem to be a little better then in my local shop. I am trying always to have home couple of extra domes, batteries and all the cleaning materials.

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Old 10-29-2022, 06:19 PM   #19
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Hearing loss is supposed to be a presumed service-connected disability and should get you into the system and free hearing aids. However, I have read of folks who were denied the disability.

And, do you know that the VA is the #1 purchaser of hearing aids in the US?
ReSound Hearing Aids from my VA in Casper....Best ever.
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Old 10-29-2022, 06:24 PM   #20
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Old 10-30-2022, 08:07 AM   #21
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Old 10-30-2022, 10:17 AM   #22
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I have phonaks. My insurance paid 100% but I had already reached all of my out of pocket expense. I like them. Answering phone calls and listening to music is nice. Had one blow out at the ranch and never found it. Had some kind of coverage for the first year and only cost 300 to replace it.


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