MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--hi HealthInnovations has introduced the Hearing
Aid Discount Program, a free resource for employers that enables
their employees and their families to purchase high-tech, custom program
hearing aids for as low as $699.
The Hearing Aid Discount Program is available nationwide to employers of
all sizes, giving employers the opportunity to offer a hearing aid
discount either alongside an existing medical benefit plan or on a
Once an employer has enrolled in the program, employees and their
spouses can call hi HealthInnovations to schedule an appointment
with a hearing professional, search for a hearing health provider online
or ask their doctor for a hearing test. Their hearing test results, or
audiograms, are then submitted to hi HealthInnovations, which
custom-programs the hearing aids and dispenses them in-person or by mail.
Hearing loss is a significant health issue for more than 48 million
Americans, including 60 percent of whom are still in the workforce or in
school. Only a small number of private health insurance plans provide
coverage for hearing aids, and traditional Medicare plans provide no
coverage. Hearing aids can help more than 90 percent of people with
hearing loss; however, they can cost up to $8,000 a pair, making them
unaffordable to many people.
"We believe employers will appreciate the Hearing Aid Discount Program
as a new way to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable for
their employees," said Dr. Lisa Tseng, CEO of hi HealthInnovations.
"We know hearing loss makes it difficult for people to communicate
effectively at work and at home, so savvy employers are looking for new
and innovative resources to encourage their employees to take charge of
their hearing health and enhance their quality of life."
New research shows that hearing loss is associated with a range of
physical and mental health issues, including increased risk of falls,
social isolation and even dementia. People with hearing loss are more
likely to be unemployed, while people who are employed earn about 25
percent less on average than those without that diagnosis, according to
a study published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.
Employers can register for the program by calling 1-877-482-4669.
Employers then notify their employees of the discount through their
standard communications channels, including email, online, and in-office
Hearing aid discounts are also available to many people enrolled in
UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored, Medicare and vision plans.
UnitedHealthcare, the nation's largest health and well-being company,
and hi HealthInnovations are UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH)
Retail customers can also achieve significant savings through hi
HealthInnovations, which sells high-tech, custom-programmed hearing
aids priced from $799 to $999 each, a savings of 60 percent or more
compared to similar aids sold through traditional channels.
About hi HealthInnovations
HealthInnovations offers custom-programmed, digital hearing aids at
significant discounts to the 48 million U.S. consumers with hearing
loss. These innovative devices are delivered through a national staff
and network of audiologists and hearing health professionals who provide
hearing tests, fittings, seminars and counseling online, by phone and in
person. hi HealthInnovations is an Optum business and part of
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), a diversified health and well-being
company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making
health care work better.
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