Part of last years hearing healthcare reform was to provide easier access to hearing healthcare professional and more affordable options. I don’t know much about politics, but I do know that everyone is always out for their own best interest.
We are interested and invested in what’s happening in the realm of hearing because the stakes are high.Take the repeal of the Physician’s Waiver. Until last year, you had to have a letter of medical clearance in order to be fit with a hearing aid by anyone other than a physician. Many state laws allowed patients to sign a waiver in an attempt to provide easier access. In a healthcare world where dollar are dwindling except for large hospital organizations, this is one more office visit/copay lost. Hence, the importance of a good hearing test which may indicate an examination by a physician is necessary and warranted.
Not have to obtain a physician waiver to get a hearing aid does not mean you shouldn’t get one. Start with a good hearing test from a licensed, certified professional who has studied the auditory system beyond just a high school diploma. Make sure you understand YOUR hearing test and see a physician if it’s recommended.
Never substitute convenience for competence.