Many people consider hearing loss a natural part of aging, not a significant health concern. However, hearing loss can develop gradually and might not be noticeable immediately. This can make it challenging for people to recognize that they are experiencing hearing loss and seek necessary medical care.
Hearing loss can significantly impact a person's quality of life. It can lead to cognitive decline—as mentioned earlier—social isolation and depression. When left untreated, hearing loss can cause other health problems, such as injuries from falls, requiring hospitalization and outpatient care.
Therefore, health plans should prioritize hearing health and provide coverage for hearing care. This includes:
- Regular hearing screenings
- Hearing aids
- Other assistive technologies that improve a person's communication and engagement with the world around them
Simply put, by providing hearing benefits, health plans can help reduce the impact of high cost health conditions, improve members' quality of life, and save on healthcare costs in the long run.