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Here health insurance won't cover hearing aids (not even Medicare). It seems they think it belongs to the category of "lifestyle" choices.

Since a good quality hearing aid costs $3000+ this leaves many people without. There is a big market in semi-useless devices that sell for $200-300.

These differences don't get talked about when comparing plans from different countries. Our plans are so irrational people don't even have a baseline on which to make sane evaluations.

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2007 at 09:11:12 AM EST
I find that so shocking. What about children?  I've always been really good with looking after my hearing aids so they haven't needed replacing often.  One pair got flushed down the loo when I was 3, but otherwise just wear and tear or updates for newer models, so in 28 years maybe 5 sets of hearing aids.  I could never have taken part in school or anything without that.

Add that to visits to audiology, new molds, new batteries, operations, all on the NHS. Despite delays, I really can't complain.

Even now as an adult, it's no lifestyle choice if I want to be employed and do my job well, and participate in society.

If I went for a $300 in the ear aid, it would be useless for me.  I'd find it hard to afford $3000, but it would be worth the cost.

The knock on effect of deaf people without access to appropriate hearing aids, in a society that is largely inaccessible to deaf people, is far more costly than giving them hearing aids in the first place.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2007 at 09:33:54 AM EST
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