Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ringing Costs

I just got the bill for the appointments about my ringing ears.

I had an appointment with a primary care doctor (a family practice doctor), an appointment with an audiologist to test my hearing, and an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor.

The result was that I have very minor hearing loss at the upper end.  It's not worth using hearing aids for, they said.

And there's nothing to be done for the ringing; I just need to ignore it and deal.  They suggested putting music on, which is okay for sometimes, but not really when I'm in a meeting, class, or working at something requiring real concentration (like most of my work).

The insurance was charged $500.  To tell me to just ignore it and deal.  I don't know why I even bothered, since looking at various sources on the web had pretty much said as much.  Stupid me.


  1. You bothered because it is so much better to know that nothing is wrong than to worry and wonder if there is a larger problem. The mental load of that worry is a big deal, don't try to minimize that! It would have been nice to have a solution, but you did still accomplish something by visiting the doctors.

    1. True! But I think the family practice person could have probably told me that.