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Insurance May Cover New Hearing Device

Device seen in popular YouTube video may soon be covered

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Insurance companies are taking a second look at the device that helped a North Texas woman hear for the first time a few months ago.

The new device -- the Envoy Esteem -- which helped Sarah Churman hear wasn't originally covered by insurance.

Hearing Device May be Covered by Insurance

[DFW] Hearing Device May be Covered by Insurance
Insurance companies are taking a second look at the device that helped a North Texas woman hear for the first time a few months ago. (Published Friday, Dec. 23, 2011)

Sarah's mother-in-law scraped together $30,000 to pay for hers.

Insurance companies are now taking another look.

Envoy tells NBC 5 that Blue Cross Blue Shield now covers it in four states, including Texas.

The company also says Dallas-based AT&T offers coverage for its employees through United Healthcare.

Sarah's emotional moment, when technicians turned her device on for the first time, has been watched more than 9 million times on Youtube.