Gardner Audiologist, Bart Baker M.S., is Blue Cross Blue Shield provider for hearing aids in St. Petersburg, Florida

Hearing loss can be a major factor in the quality of life one experiences. Hearing and understanding conversations in vital to daily living activities. Impaired hearing can lead to stress, fatigue, isolation and depression. If you suspect you have hearing loss we can help to verify it and offer solutions. Many insurance companies include hearing aid benefits but not all plans include them. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida covers individuals through a variety of programs. Those participating in the Federal Employee program (FEP), some out of state policies, retiree plans and Blue Medicare replacement plans are examples. Navigating your policy to determine your benefits and what procedures to follow can be challenging.

Gardner Audiology will confirm benefits prior to hearing aid fitting in order to spare patients the aggravation of finding out that hearing aids are not covered or covered to a more limited degree than expected. Surprises as such are not pleasant. We can provide this information over the phone and before your appointment. We understand your time is valuable.

Things to consider:

Some plans may require a medical clearance by a medical doctor prior to fitting. This is to rule out any medically treatable cause for the hearing loss. In many cases conductive hearing losses can be corrected through medication or surgery. In addition some conditions suggest against fitting until they are medically addressed, such as a chronic draining ear.

Some plans require satisfaction of a deductible and/or copay.

Medicare does not pay for hearing aids.

Our staff will be happy to assist you to determine and verify your hearing aid benefits.

Gardner Audiology 1-800-277-1182

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