When considering hearing loss, the numbers tell an interesting story. As an illustration, around the world, over 466 million people have some type of hearing issue. Or that almost 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 really need them.
People who require hearing aids might choose not to use them for numerous reasons. They might decide to suffer silently because they are concerned about a possible stigma linked to aging or are too prideful to use a hearing aid.
Cost is frequently another worry. Hearing aids can cost thousands for a pair, and getting help to pay for them can be difficult (though laws are changing).
The fact remains, however, that hearing aids are the best solution available to most people who have hearing loss, and there are other services and assistance available to those who couldn’t otherwise afford hearing aids.
Deciding Against Hearing Aids Can be Costly
Sadly, the consequence of not buying a hearing aid when you need one can have a bigger cost than actually buying one. Solitude, anxiety, and depression are more prevalent in individuals with hearing loss and they also have a higher rate of mental health conditions. When both the potential future health issues, and the quality of life challenges are added up, the cost of not getting hearing aids is considerable. Your healthcare costs can, in fact, increase by up to 40% by dismissing hearing loss according to research.
What makes that statistic even more alarming is that there are many ways to make hearing aids affordable.
How to Get Affordable Hearing Aids
There are several options available for people 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 offer financial help and refurbished hearing aids at a reduced price to individuals with restricted incomes.
What’s My First Move in Finding Affordable Hearing Aids?
Getting a hearing test to find out what level and type of hearing loss you have is your first step. 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 expenses.
Usually, with a little effort, you can find a solution that will fit your budget.
Just ask us.