Good luck Mike. I hope it works out for you. I was interested in SoundBite and did the insurance investigation with them back in December. They said I would be responsible for about $3000 "if" the insurnace company accepted the protestic classification, but they couldnt' guarantee. I was not ready to move forward as i was still undergoing Cyberknife at the time. Fast forward to last week, I had them reverify my benefits (new year, same group health insurance), this time the device was turned down, no coverage offered. The quoted price is right around $8,000. They are offering a plan where you pay for 3 years, and can cancel after the first year and return the product, but that's $3200 (they require a down payment around $600), and then I have nothing. I've been quoted $4400 for the Phonak without any coverage, paid for and done - mine to keep.
I love the idea behind the soundbite, but I just can't afford that much money for the unproven technology. I would have loved to try it, just wish it were more affordable.