Yesterday, we went to see the audiologist team at Kaiser, and then the Kaiser ENT. The audiologists did not test her hearing, instead, they determined that Andi's ears were wet and and contained a lot of "debris". So, we met with the ENT and he suctioned her ears. He then prescribed a round of ear drops that will hopefully help them dry and stay healthy. He said that it appeared that the tube in her left ear is working itself out. We'll have to keep tabs on that, and determine down the road if we'll need to put another one in.
In any case, they confirmed that our out-of-pocket is 20% of the purchase price of the hearing aid. So, if it's a $2000. hearing aid, my portion is $400. I started sweating. Putting a $400. piece of breakable equipment on Andi everyday and sending her out into the world, i.e. pre-school in a few months... having to replace that if it gets broken? lost? Scary. I made it clear to them that we're in no hurry to get this going. Seriously. Aiding her ear will definitely be deep cleaning our pockets.