When considering hearing loss, the numbers say everything. For example, did you know that nearly 466 million individuals around the world have at least some hearing problems? Or that almost 10% of the population suffers from tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears? But sadly, hearing aids are used by just 16% of individuals who really need them.
People who need hearing aids might decide not to use them for several reasons. Often, pride and the perceived stigma of aging causes them to suffer in silence.
Another obstacle is the cost. Hearing aids can cost thousands for a pair, and getting assistance to pay for them can be challenging (though laws are changing).
Hearing aids are, however, the best available choice for most people who have loss of hearing, and there are other services and assistance available to people who could not otherwise afford hearing aids.
The Real Cost of Not Using Hearing Aids
Unfortunately, the real cost of not using a hearing aid can be even worse than the financial impact of buying them. Individuals suffering from hearing loss often face more difficulties earning a living and deal with more mental health disorders, like depression, isolation, and anxiety. When both the possible future health problems, and the quality of life challenges are added up, the cost of not getting hearing aids is significant. Your healthcare costs can, in fact, increase by up to 40% by neglecting hearing loss according to research.
And the fact that there are many ways to make hearing aids more affordable makes this even more alarming.
Getting Affordable Hearing Aids
There are a few options available for those who need hearing aids but can’t afford them. The Starkey Hearing Foundation donates more than 100,000 hearing aids every year to people dealing with hearing loss who otherwise could not afford treatments. People who have limited incomes can get financial help or refurbished hearing aids from a few different groups.
Finding Affordable Hearing Aids – The First Move
Before you get hold of any of the services or organizations listed above, you should first get a hearing exam to identify the type of hearing aid that is the best choice for you. Once you get your results, you’ll be able to explore options for how you will start hearing better again. Whether insurance, Veteran’s associations, or other strategies can help is also something we can help with.
Usually, with a little effort, you can find a solution that will fit your budget.
Just ask us.