My appointment with the ENT yesterday was on the second floor of Shriners Hospital for children. I thought that was a sign that I was being a big baby about the whole thing and they were going to tell me to "suck it up buttercup".
I meant to take more pictures while I was there but ended up only taking this one while I was waiting in the exam room.
Before seeing the doctor they actually whisked me off for a hearing test as well. I was told that yes, I could definitely benefit from hearing aids. This is the same diagnosis I have gotten from just about anyone who has spent much time around me. Unfortunately, hearing aids are not in the budget. The woman who did the test gave me some information about an online application I can fill out that could help. We'll see how that goes.
Anyway, they determined that yes, they will do allergy testing. In the meantime, he gave me a prescription for a nasal spray as well as an over the counter one to use. They sent me off with papers and instructions and gave me a code for the insurance to find out if they cover allergy testing. If not, they charge $10 per injection. So I call the insurance, give them the code and she says "yes, but...". Apparently, the testing is covered if certain criteria are met. Sounds to me like another way for them to get out of paying for something that a doctor feels you need. Now I need to get my appointment scheduled and get the paper from the insurance company that explains what is necessary for the testing to be covered.