When it comes to hearing loss, the numbers say everything. For instance, did you realize that almost 466 million people around the world have at least some hearing problems? Or that nearly 10% of the population has tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears? Perhaps the most troubling statistic is the fact that only 16% of people who require hearing aids have ever used them.
Individuals who need hearing aids might decide not to use them for several reasons. They may choose to suffer in silence because they are worried about a potential stigma associated with aging or are too full of pride to use a hearing aid.
Another apprehension is the cost. It can be somewhat challenging to get assistance paying for hearing aids and they can be rather costly.
Hearing aids are, however, the best available choice for the majority of people who have hearing loss, and there are other services and assistance available to people who could not otherwise afford hearing aids.
Deciding Against Hearing Aids Can be Costly
Sadly, the impact of not buying a hearing aid when you need one can have a bigger cost than actually buying one. Isolation, anxiety, and depression are more widespread in individuals with hearing loss and they also have a higher rate of mental health conditions. When both the possible future health problems, 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 ignoring hearing loss according to research.
And the fact that there are a number of ways to make hearing aids more affordable makes this even more surprising.
Finding Affordable Hearing Aids
There are a few options available for those who need hearing aids but cannot afford them. Individuals 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 each year. Other groups and organizations offer financial help and refurbished hearing aids at a discounted price to people with limited incomes.
What is My First Step in Finding Affordable Hearing Aids?
Getting a hearing test to figure out what level and kind of hearing loss you have is your first step. Once you get your results, you’ll be able to look into options for how you will start hearing better again. Whether insurance, Veteran’s associations, or other avenues can help is also something we can help with.
In most cases, with a little effort, you can find an option that will fit your budget.
Let us help.