When considering hearing loss, the numbers say everything. As an example, around the world, over 466 million people suffer from some type of hearing problem. Or that nearly 10% of the population struggles with tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears? Perhaps the most troubling statistic is the fact that only 16% of individuals who need hearing aids have ever used them.
People who require hearing aids may choose not to use them for numerous reasons. They may choose to suffer silently because they are worried about a potential stigma associated with aging or are too full of pride to wear a hearing aid.
Price is often another concern. 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 solution available to most individuals who suffer from hearing loss, and there are other services and assistance available to people who could not normally afford hearing aids.
Deciding Against Hearing Aids Can Come at a Cost
Sadly, the consequence of not buying a hearing aid when you need one can have a bigger cost than actually buying one. Individuals who have hearing loss commonly confront more difficulties earning a living and cope with more mental health disorders, such as depression, solitude, and anxiety. When both the potential 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 as much as 40% by neglecting hearing loss according to research.
What makes that figure even more surprising is that there are many ways to make hearing aids affordable.
Getting Affordable Hearing Aids
If you need hearing aids but can’t afford them, there are a few ways you can still get them. People suffering from hearing loss, who can’t afford hearing aids, might be able to get a pair from the Starkey Hearing Aid Foundation, which donates more than 100,000 every year. People who have limited incomes can get financial assistance or refurbished hearing aids from a few different groups.
Finding Affordable Hearing Aids – The First Step
Getting a hearing test to figure out what level and kind of hearing loss you have is your first step. Your hearing test results will point you in the right direction and you can then look at options. We can also help you ascertain 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.
Just ask us.