Tampa Bay discount hearing aid programs often limit provider access and value

Almost daily we see patients in our offices asking about discount programs for hearing aid purchases. Sometimes, when insurance companies do not pay anything toward the purchase of hearing aids, they may offer a “discount” program. Sometimes group memberships (such as AARP, NRA, Blue365, etc.) will also list a “discount” on hearing aids as a benefit for their members. In reality, these “discounts” rarely add up to savings. Many times the “discounted” price is more than the patient would have paid if they had come to us directly. Sometimes these programs limit the choice of hearing aids you can choose from. I have even seen programs limit your choice of provider, often only offering business primarily employing Hearing Instrument Specialists, and not Doctors of Audiology.

We encourage patients to bring all of their information with them to their consultation with us and will help you sort through it. We are very familiar with most of the plans and can let you know if there is a real value to the program. If you call the program first and they schedule your appointment, our hands are tied and we cannot offer alternatives. Our goal is to help you find the most appropriate solution at the best value to you.

There are many different options to choose from when considering hearing aids. We will try to help you choose the best solution for your lifestyle and your budget. We have products in a wide range of prices with many varied options. There is not one solution for every person. Not everyone needs the top level, most expensive hearing aid. Some would do very poorly with an entry-level product. Our job is to listen and to help customize a solution for each patient. Please call us at 1-800-277-1182 to schedule an appointment for a no cost, no obligation consultation. Our Doctors of Audiology are here to help you.

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