When it comes to hearing loss, the numbers say everything. As an example, globally, over 466 million individuals suffer from some type of hearing issue. Or that nearly 10% of the population struggles with tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears? But unfortunately, hearing aids are used by just 16% of individuals who really need them.
Individuals who need hearing aids might choose not to use them for several reasons. They may choose to suffer silently because they are concerned about a possible stigma linked to aging or are too full of pride to use a hearing aid.
Cost is frequently another worry. It can be relatively challenging to get assistance paying for hearing aids and they can be rather expensive.
Hearing aids are, however, the best available choice for the majority of individuals who have hearing loss, and there are other services and assistance available to people who couldn’t normally afford hearing aids.
The True Cost of Not Wearing Hearing Aids
Regrettably, the true cost of not using a hearing aid can be even more than the financial impact of purchasing them. Individuals suffering from hearing loss commonly encounter more difficulties making a living and cope with more mental health conditions, including depression, solitude, and anxiety. When both the potential future health issues, and the quality of life challenges are added up, the cost of not getting hearing aids is substantial. Your healthcare costs can, in fact, 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 surprising.
Getting Affordable Hearing Aids
If you need hearing aids but can’t afford them, there are a few 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 provide financial assistance and refurbished hearing aids at a reduced price to individuals with limited incomes.
Getting Affordable Hearing Aids – The First Step
Getting a hearing test to figure out what level and kind 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. We can also help you determine whether insurance, Veteran’s associations, or other organizations will help with the costs.
In most cases, with a little effort, you can find an option that will fit your budget.
Let us help.