I had my DVR meeting yesterday. The good news? My hearing aids are going to be covered 100%! The bad news? My counselor did some price shopping and said that the other local audiologist offered the SAME hearing aids that my doctor recommended for $700 less PER hearing aid. Of course they’d rather save $1,400 than let me continue with my audiologist, but then this slows everything down because now I have to go to a NEW audiologist for a NEW evaluation and kind of start over there. If my doctor could compete, I could order the hearing aids right now. NOW!
I asked how on earth they could be so much less because I did my own comparison shopping and found no such difference. My counselor said it’s a special “DVR” price that the other audiologist gives. I contacted my audiologist with this info and she could not understand how it is the other could sell the same hearing aid at SUCH a deep discount. She’s going to call the manufacturer and see if they have anything to offer and I sincerely hope she can find something out because I don’t want to switch doctors. :(
The other GOOD news is that DVR will actually pay for the higher-level hearing aids (that are about $3,000 each) because that was the true recommendation for me, but due to cost, my audiologist said I could get away with using the lesser one.
I do have an appointment with the other doctor (we’ll call her Dr. Discount) on November 30th, but hope my doctor can find a way to make it work before then. Not only could I get the hearing aids sooner, but I wouldn’t have to change to a new doctor.
The saga continues…