The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed EPIC (Ear Professionals International Corporation) Hearing Service Plan offers a national network of more than 7,100 credentialed licensed hearing professionals (with more than 250 in New York State).
Through these providers, NYSUT members receive customized care and, if needed, may purchase brand-name hearing aids at substantial savings.
EPIC Hearing identifies and screens qualified experts in hearing evaluation and treatment. The company then researches and evaluates all hearing aid technology to assure the latest and most effective options are available. In addition, it negotiates the best prices for all treatment protocols, including hearing devices.
COST OF HEARING CARE PRODUCTS
The company offers six technology level options to help make hearing care more affordable for members, ranging from the $699 silver level per hearing aid device to the $2,499 premium level per hearing aid device. That cost includes a hearing exam, evaluation, follow-up care, batteries/charging case, and more.*
If a NYSUT member were to go to a local provider on their own, the cost could be upwards of $4,000 per hearing aid device along with the additional cost of the hearing exam, charging case, etc. for the same device.
*Pricing is valid through 12/31/23. For the most up-to-date pricing and information, please contact EPIC Hearing. Three follow-up visits are included at no cost; hearing aids purchased in the silver technology level receive one follow-up visit.
2 Easy Ways to Learn More:
1. Visit http://www.epichearing.com/nysut
2. Call toll-free 866-956-5400 (make sure to provide the Member Benefits identifier code: NYSUTMBC)
SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS ON HEARING AIDS
EPIC Hearing's prices may be as much as 60% below manufacturer’s suggested retail price and up to 35% lower than most discount offers. You could save up to 50% on testing diagnostics and batteries not covered by major medical insurance, and between 30% and 60% on name-brand hearing aids and products to protect and improve your hearing.
EPIC Hearing also provides a three-year extended warranty on all standard, advanced and premium level products and a complementary year's supply of batteries with purchase (four and five-year extended warranty programs are also available for purchase).
All NYSUT members are eligible to use this program. Best of all, EPIC Hearing will coordinate coverage with your existing health care plans.
HOW THE PLAN WORKS
After registering for the plan, you will receive a hearing service plan booklet outlining all plan benefits, services and pricing. A hearing counselor will coordinate a referral to a provider located near your home or work. Contact the provider and follow through with an appointment, examination and treatment.
EPIC Hearing coordinates with the provider, and payment would be made to EPIC. EPIC contacts the manufacturer, which ships the hearing system to the provider for fitting on your ear(s). You then have a 45-day trial period for adjustments and follow-up care.
If you have a recent hearing exam (from within the past six months), you may take that recent audiogram with you to an EPIC provider to pursue hearing aids. EPIC will assist you in coordinating any insurance benefits or coverages when applicable.
OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED
- Toll-free telephone support to any individual who may be active within the plan or may simply have questions about hearing care and hearing aids.
- Ongoing support after the hearing aid purchase with direct battery programs (batteries are shipped directly to your home); notification of new ancillary support products; hearing aid and cell phone compatibility assessment and advice; and referral to other services available on a state-by-state basis to hearing-impaired individuals.
- Coordination with all insurance programs to assure maximum benefit on your behalf.
- Financing assistance through two national credit service companies. EPIC Hearing can confirm eligibility and pre-approval over the phone for a variety of credit plans to assist in the purchase of hearing aids.
There is an endorsement arrangement between the provider of this plan and the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation. Click here for the details of this arrangement.
The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation does not guarantee that these endorsed programs are the lowest-cost products available to you, and you are encouraged to shop and compare before making any purchasing decisions.