Wednesday, February 17, 2010

new earmold, finally!

FINALLY! Yesterday my new earmold arrived at my audiologist's office. But I didn't pick it up yesterday, since I was too kooky in the head. Today, before going to work (running late oops), I did go get it. Unitron made the earmold this time. Didn't even realize Unitron made molds too. Huh. Anyway, it's a half-shell mold, clear non-allergenic. Also got my Supero hearing aid back too, finally! Audie's assistant told me the hearing aid has been completely cleaned and everything, so good! Fitted the earmold, put Supero hearing aid on and WHOA loud feedbacking ahh! It still feedbacks a bit when it's behind the ear... but if I turn down the volume, that helps. Will have to get the hearing aid adjusted so I don't have to turn down the volume every time I turn the HA on. Yep. I'm glad to have the Supero back, I surely did miss it.

Now... the new earmold cost me $75 today. Wait a minute! Last earmold cost me $68, and before then, $60, $55ish... I swear, these people just increase the price on earmolds every other year. And this is the cost for just one earmold. ONE. I'd expect that kind of price for a pair, but not for a single. Definitely not too happy with being charged more for the earmold. Oy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hearing Aids for Africa/African Hope Initiative

I have some friends that are part of the African Hope Initiative, helping the deaf kids in Africa (they actually went out to Africa in November to see how the construction of the deaf school was coming along, meet the kids, and speak with their parents). I think it's great they're part of this, and I want to be involved as well. So my project for the Initiative is to collect used hearing aids which will be donated to the deaf kids in Africa. I got a PO Box so people can send their used hearing aids, and I'll give them to my friend and she'll make sure they're fixed and working properly before donating them to the deaf African kids.

If any of you here have used hearing aids, or know of anyone who has some laying around and have no clue what to do with them, and don't mind giving them up... send them my way!

Hearing Aids for Africa
PO Box 50761
Casper, WY 82605

the PO Box isn't that big (about the size of a 3-inch 3-ring binder that's full? something like that).

If you want more info about the African Hope Initiative, they have a website and a facebook page.

Monday, February 1, 2010


So, I guess Wyoming EqualityCare is being difficult with the appeal case. The person at Advanced Bionics working on my appeal case is resubmitting everything. She's requesting for copies of my medical records and another letter from Rocky Mountain Ear Center so she can send that in. I've already resent the copy of the denial letter so she could use it as well. So frustrating! Hopefully this time we actually get somewhere with the appeal, and actually get an answer!