When it comes to hearing loss, the numbers tell an interesting story. For instance, did you realize that almost 466 million people around the world have at least some hearing problems? Or that about 10% of the population struggles with tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears? But unfortunately, hearing aids are used by just 16% of people who actually need them.
There are numerous reasons why someone who needs a hearing aid may not use one. They may choose to suffer silently because they are concerned about a potential stigma linked to aging or are too full of pride to wear a hearing aid.
Another apprehension is the price. Hearing aids can cost thousands for a pair, and getting assistance to pay for them can be challenging (though laws are changing).
The fact remains, however, that hearing aids are the best choice available to most individuals who suffer from hearing loss, and there are other services and assistance available to those who could not otherwise afford hearing aids.
The Real Cost of Not Wearing Hearing Aids
Unfortunately, the real cost of not using a hearing aid can be even worse than the financial consequence of purchasing them. Individuals who have hearing loss often encounter more challenges earning a living and deal with more mental health conditions, including depression, solitude, and anxiety. When both the possible future health issues, and the quality of life challenges are added up, the cost of not getting hearing aids is considerable. As a matter of fact, research has shown that neglecting hearing loss can increase your healthcare costs by up to 40%.
What makes that figure even more surprising is that there are lots of ways to make hearing aids affordable.
Getting Affordable Hearing Aids
If you need hearing aids but can’t afford them, there are several ways you can still get them. The Starkey Hearing Foundation gives more than 100,000 hearing aids every year to people that have hearing loss who otherwise could not afford treatments. Other groups and organizations offer financial help and refurbished hearing aids at a discounted price to people with limited incomes.
Finding Affordable Hearing Aids – The First Move
Getting a hearing test to find out what level and type of hearing loss you have is step one. Your hearing test results will give you a starting point and you can then look at solutions. Whether insurance, Veteran’s associations, or other avenues can help is also something we can help with.
Whether you are qualified for coverage or not, there are frequently less costly solutions.
Just ask us.