According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately one in four Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have disabling hearing loss. Sadly, of those aged 70 years and older who could benefit from wearing hearing aids, only 30% have ever used them.
If hearing loss is interfering with you or a loved one’s daily life, you may be tempted to buy a hearing aid online or consider using a service, like TruHearing, to save money. But before you make a final decision, Amy Swain Hearing Centers wants to make sure you understand all your options – especially if you have a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Medicare Advantage plan in the state of Minnesota.
Know Your Options
Members of the BCBS Medicare Advantage plan are often given two choices when it comes to hearing aids, one of which involves paying a visit to a TruHearing provider. As a third-party hearing aid payer, TruHearing partners with insurance companies to provide affordable hearing aids to customers, but at a potential cost to your hearing health and well-being.
Unfortunately, TruHearing offers very limited choices to patients with BCBS Medicare Advantage plans. First, you must locate a TruHearing provider, who may or may not be an audiologist. If it’s determined that you need hearing aids but you’re subscribed to the BCBS Medicare Advantage Select program, you may find that TruHearing only offers one brand. Finally, TruHearing only covers two additional follow-up visits. After that, you’re on your own. And in the end, you’ll likely need to find an audiologist to provide ongoing care and adjustments.
While the TruHearing benefit of the BCBS Medicare plans is widely advertised, there’s another option that often goes overlooked: members can receive 55% off medically necessary hearing aids when seeing the audiologist of their choice. That means you can work with a provider you trust and feel comfortable with while still gaining access to affordably priced hearing aids.
Better Hearing, Great Savings
If you have a BCBS Medicare Advantage plan and are interested in taking advantage of the 55% off benefit, contact Amy Swain Hearing Centers online or call 866-801-7512 today. With locations in Austin, Owatonna, Waseca and Rochester, MN, we aim to enhance your hearing and quality of life with professional audiology services.