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How To Get Affordable Hearing Assistance

Aug 11, 2008
As many older people know, paying for quality hearing assistance can be too much to handle on a fixed income. From getting fitted for hearing assistance to getting the aid adjusted to properly enhance your hearing, everything costs money and nothing is cheap. In fact, so many older people are under the impression that hearing assistance is so expensive that they will never be able to afford it. As a result, there are tens of thousands of elderly people who go without hearing assistance, destined to live out their later years without hearing well.

Fortunately, there are some ways to get financial aid for your hearing assistance needs. There are several ways that you can go about making your hearing assistance products more affordable. For one, check your Medicare program. Because hearing assistance tools are designated as durable medical equipment, you can apply to have your Medicare aid pay for the entire hearing assistance products and services. Even if the Medicare program only covers half of the cost (the reality of the situation is that the program should cover at least 80 percent), the difference in prices can make the difference between getting hearing assistance and suffering without.

Another good way to get affordable hearing assistance is to go through a wholesaler. Large box stores like Sams Club, Costco and others buy hearing assistance products en masse, so they get the individual pieces at a lower price. By shopping at one of these wholesale retailers, you can take advantage of their bulk buys and save hundreds of dollars at a time on your hearing assistance purchases. The one disadvantage to shopping this way is the fact that the employees at box stores are not specialists in the hearing aid field, so they will not be able to help get you fitted or anything.

Although the following suggestion is sneaky, it can often save you a lot of time and hassle (as well as money) when it comes to purchasing hearing assistance. If you go to a specialty hearing assistance store, shop around a bit and talk to the sales associates, you can usually learn a ton about the hearing assistance industry and products. In fact, often times the salespeople will suggest exactly which products to buy. With that specialized knowledge, you can then go and purchase the products at the wholesale stores, where the equipment is cheaper, but you know exactly what you should get.
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