Hello, and a Question About Affording Hearing Aids for Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Seth4kHz, Oct 16, 2019.

    1. Seth4kHz

      Seth4kHz Member

      Location:
      Portland, OR
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss
      Hello Tinnitus Talk community! I'm 47 with constant tinnitus since 11/2018. I learned of this excellent resource via the podcast. I'm very grateful these resources and community exist to help new initiates enter the daunting, confusing -- and frankly the scientist in me finds somewhat fascinating -- world of tinnitus research, advocacy, and outreach.

      I also have a specific question I hope people can provide input on. After recently seeing an audiologist and ENT, I discovered that I have mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears, and hearing aids were recommended. The hearing loss is also probably a cause of the tinnitus (or cause #1 of 2 according to Dr. Rauschecker's model). I was given a pair to demo and refreshingly, they reduced the tinnitus quite a lot. This particular hearing aid (Widex Evoke 330) also has the "Zen" technology which can provide a background static noise for masking the tinnitus when the ringing is really loud. HOWEVER.... the hearing aids are very expensive. With a discount through my insurance they are $3,450 USD for the pair!

      So my question is, are there any creative solutions for affordable high-quality hearing aids using other means? Such as purchasing them in Europe, or assistance programs (I am not poor, but also not rich)? I know another brand can be bought at Costco but I'm interested in the advanced technology than can be tuned by my audiologist, as well as the tinnitus masking feature.

      Any help is appreciated, and thanks again for the support offered by this community!

      Seth
      (Tinnitus with peaks at 4 and 6 kHz)
       
    2. just1morething
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      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma, noise exposure, TMJ, neck?
      Welcome to the forum @Seth4kHz.

      I only know about the Audicus online hearing aids. I have both the Dia and Clara models. There are many options on the Clara.
       
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    3. Cape crusader
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      Cape crusader Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/18/18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction ear wax removal
      I have Widex Evoke. Bite the bullet and get these. Saving a few bucks on something that will help your hearing and help cope with tinnitus is not worth it.
       
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    4. just1morething
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      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma, noise exposure, TMJ, neck?
      Most audiologists have a 200-300% markup on their hearing aids. Some people swear by different brands. Audicus has good service and comparable HA’s as far as I know.
       
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      Seth4kHz

      Seth4kHz Member

      Location:
      Portland, OR
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss
      Thanks all for the info, good advice, and leads on affordable HAs. I looked into the Audicus model and options required to make them comparable to Widex Evoke and it results in a savings of $700. However, that's with only a 2-year warranty (vs. 3-year for Widex) and without the in-person fitting and follow-ups with my audiologist that I'd get with Widex. Overall I conclude Audicus is a bit cheaper, but Widex is a better value overall, given the extra benefits.
       
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    6. just1morething
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      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma, noise exposure, TMJ, neck?
      Most audiologists have a $300 dispensing fee to just trial their hearing aids. I just know Starkey RIC HAs were more than twice the price of comparable Audicus ones. I suppose the markup is dependent on the audiologist. I have all the bells & whistles on the Clara but just a remote on the Dia.
       
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