When it comes to hearing loss, the numbers tell an interesting story. For instance, did you know that nearly 466 million individuals worldwide have at least some hearing problems? Or that about 10% of the population struggles with tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears? But unfortunately, hearing aids are used by only 16% of individuals who really need them.
People who require hearing aids might decide not to use them for numerous reasons. Often, pride and the perceived stigma of old age causes them to suffer silently.
Price is often another worry. Hearing aids can cost thousands for a pair, and getting assistance to pay for them can be tricky (though laws are changing).
The truth is, however, that hearing aids are the best choice available to most individuals who have hearing loss, and for people who can’t afford hearing aids, there are other types of assistance available.
The True 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 challenges making a living and deal with more mental health disorders, like depression, solitude, and anxiety. When both the possible future health issues, and the quality of life challenges are added up, the cost of not getting hearing aids is considerable. In fact, research has shown that neglecting hearing loss can raise your healthcare costs by up to 40%.
And the fact that there are several ways to make hearing aids more affordable makes this even more alarming.
Finding Affordable Hearing Aids
If you need hearing aids but can’t afford them, there are several ways you can still get them. People suffering from hearing loss, who can’t afford hearing aids, may 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 individuals with limited incomes.
What is My First Move in Getting Affordable Hearing Aids?
Before you make contact with any of the services or organizations listed above, you should first get a hearing exam to identify the type of hearing aid that will work best for you. 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.
Usually, with a little effort, you can find a solution that will fit your budget.
Just ask us.