In a newly released survey, half of parents (47%) indicate hearing aid cost was a barrier to getting the necessary services for their hearing impaired child. This was highlighted as a critical issue due to so few insurances plans providing coverage for hearing aids and that frequently those that do provide coverage don't provide an adequate amount.
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"The reason for the huge gap between diagnosis and obtaining hearing aids was because it took me that long to save enough money to buy them""We have good private insurance... [but] the coverage for hearing aids is miserable--$500 every three years"
"..by the time he's in college we'll have invested $20,000."
"I'm angry that our child cannot get help from our insurance company [for a condition] that affects his physical, academic, social and emotional health!"
"Can't get hearing aids due to the cost, they aren't covered by anything"
Barwick, K, Muñoz, K, & Blaiser, K. (2012). Parent's Experiences With Pediatric Hearing Aids. ASHA Leader.