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General Category => Hearing Issues => Topic started by: Battyp on October 20, 2006, 03:56:23 pm

Title: Audiologist VS Hearing Aid Specialist
Post by: Battyp on October 20, 2006, 03:56:23 pm
Ok, after becoming the pink pirate and reeking havoc on the VR office I finally have an appointment with the audiologist.  Of course it's not without a snafu so they asked me if I wanted to see a hearing aid specialist or the audiologist.  Since I know some of you have done the hearing aid stuff I thought I'd ask which you thought is better.  I am not considering a baha.  I'm looking more at the cros or bicros per what was recommended by my ent but left it open to the audiologists opinion.  I want to make sure I'm 1) doing the right thing on insisting on the audiologist and 2) knowing all my choices with what options I have in the way of aids.  I'm ssd on my left side w/ little to no hearing.  My last audiogram showed I had nothing left but since can hear a dial tone if the room is quiet and the phone is turned up.

Title: Re: Audiologist VS Hearing Aid Specialist
Post by: Boppie on October 20, 2006, 07:08:04 pm
Michelle, You shouldn't have to know what his/her title is.  Gatekeepers will ask you some show stopper questions!  (1) you need a recent hearing test for both ears and you need to know the particular range(s) in which you have deficits in your good ear side.  The settings for the newest and best digitals are critical for you to get the best "benefit".  Benefit is a hearind aid seller's techinical word.  (2) Your ENT will have to certify in writing your need for the aid in order to get the insurance coverage.  (3) The person who fits you with the hearing aid has knowledge in the area of making impressions for ear molds, insertions, and fine tune setting with a computer and the manufacturer's software. So, just say you need the best person who can give you all of these things.    I'd start with the ENT and especially one who promotes your brand of hearing aid.   

I felt like I was getting the run around when I had to troup across the hall to the ENT's office, go in for a sit down with him and have him ask "What do you want from me?"  This is the guy who sent me to the surgeons!  So, I just said I need your signature so my insurance will pay.  Then I trouped back over to the audiologist to find out they'd have their office bookkeeper file the papers.  Who does business this way?  This ENT and his group are more God-like (in their minds) than my surgeon ever was.  I live in a realitively small town.  No one had ever sold a TransEar, here.  Due to my ear canal size, I am still in uncharted waters.  Maybe, before I have to go on Medicare I'll have an aid.  I think I could have gotten really fast service if I'd chosen the ENT's favorite - Phonak BiCros.  Price comes out about the same as TransEar will be.
Title: Re: Audiologist VS Hearing Aid Specialist
Post by: Boppie on October 20, 2006, 07:13:48 pm
I wish I could recommend the TransEar to you, but not yet.  I am waiting for customizing.  If I didn't have hopes for the bone conduction idea I'd just go ask for the Phonak BiCros for myself.
Title: Re: Audiologist VS Hearing Aid Specialist
Post by: Battyp on October 20, 2006, 07:48:50 pm
Thanks Boppie,
  My ent gave me a letter for the audiologist stating the cros or bicros or whatever technologically would benefit my ssd.  Unf. my insurance wouldnt cover any hearing aids so I'm going through VR which tried to use my letter but they audilogist requires a visit to one of their ent's.  Well it was one of their ents that cost me my hearing in the first place.  I will make sure I ask them about the trans ear and get their feed back.