Hearing Health and Technology -- Workshop, Project No. P171200
I have fit hearing aids since 1991 and throughout my career, service is found to be the key to make things happen in a successful way for the hearing impaired. I have also seen reimbursement decrease for testing, which needs to be conducted by a licensed professional, I have found simple fixes as fluid in the middle ear to acoustic neuromas in my career, which would not be found by the patient themselves or by an individual who only wants to fit instruments. Since we are not reimbursed for the fitting of hearing aids at all, this has been left completely up to the patient or the hearing professional must burden the lost revenue, which is made up by others who purchase. We have a "have" and "have not" system. I work to change this by starting my own non-profit "Grace Hearing Center" gracehearing.org to help the working poor as they deserve the support and SERVICE as those with means. I do not feel people can diagnose themselves and be successful most of the time (ear wax alone will cause things to break down, esp when people aren't taught how to clean their instruments). Making us who work to make a difference, villains, is also counterproductive. I absolutely agree that there are aids sold too high, but I also support 9 families in my business and they have to make a living too. How do we do this when everyone feels we should do what we do for free.