Regarding hearing loss, the numbers tell an interesting story. As an example, globally, over 466 million people have some kind of hearing problem. Or that nearly 10% of the population suffers from tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears? But regrettably, hearing aids are used by only 16% of individuals who actually need them.
There are several reasons why somebody who needs a hearing aid may not use one. Often, pride and the perceived stigma of growing older causes them to suffer silently.
Cost is often another worry. Hearing aids can cost thousands for a set, and getting help to pay for them can be difficult (though laws are changing).
The fact remains, however, that hearing aids are the best option available to most individuals who suffer from hearing loss, and there are other services and assistance available to those who could not normally afford hearing aids.
The True Cost of Not Using Hearing Aids
Unfortunately, the real cost of not using a hearing aid can be even more than the financial consequence of purchasing them. Isolation, anxiety, and depression are more widespread in individuals with hearing loss and they also have a higher instance of mental health problems. When both the potential future health issues, and the quality of life challenges are added up, the cost of not getting hearing aids is significant. Your healthcare costs can, in reality, increase by up to 40% by ignoring hearing loss according to research.
And the fact that there are several ways to make hearing aids more affordable makes this even more alarming.
How to Get Affordable Hearing Aids
There are several solutions available for individuals who need hearing aids but can’t afford them. The Starkey Hearing Foundation donates more than 100,000 hearing aids every year to people that have hearing loss who otherwise could not afford treatments. Other groups and organizations provide financial assistance and refurbished hearing aids at a discounted price to people with limited incomes.
What’s My First Move in Finding Affordable Hearing Aids?
Before you make contact with any of the services or institutions listed above, you should first get a hearing examination to identify the type of hearing aid that is the best choice for you. Your hearing test results will give you a starting point and you can then look at options. We can also help you determine whether insurance, Veteran’s associations, or other organizations will help with the expenses.
Whether you are eligible for coverage or not, there are frequently less expensive solutions.
Just ask us.