Even mild hearing loss can negatively affect key areas of your life, including mental health, physical health and income. Untreated hearing loss is more noticeable to others than actually wearing hearing aids.
Today’s advanced hearing aids are very effective. Recent developments in technology have resulted in hearing aids that are easy to use, effective, and comfortable to wear. Hearing aids are very small, discreet and loaded with advanced technology to improve hearing in noisy environments and connect you with your smart phone and other devices like your TV and computer. Even hearing aids in the budget friendly price tiers have a wide variety of features. Manufacturers are constantly improving their hearing aids – all major hearing aid manufacturers now produce rechargeable hearing aids, with direct blue tooth connection, and improved moisture resistance.
Hearing aids are an investment, but don’t let the price tag scare you from getting the treatment you deserve. Here are a few ways to find some savings.
- Your Insurance Benefit
- Interest Free Financing
- HSA, HRA, FSA Spending Account Funds
Hearing aids vary widely in cost. The cost of hearing aids, like cars and smart phones, is directly related to the number of features and options available on the hearing aid. These features are used to customize the hearing aids to your communication needs and lifestyle. A less expensive hearing aid is not a lower quality hearing aid, but rather simply has fewer features. A licensed hearing healthcare professional will test your hearing, review your test results, and help you choose the hearing aid that best fits your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
Background noise is especially challenging for people with hearing loss. Hearing aids do not get rid of background noise. Instead, today’s hearing aids use microphones and digital filters to ensure that the sound directly in front of the hearing aid user is emphasized and that background noise is made less loud. This improvement in signal to noise ratio keeps speech consistently audible and helps the hearing aid user perceive and understand more conversation, even in noisy environments.
Success with hearing aids depends on several factors. Individual experiences will vary depending on the severity of the hearing loss, the accuracy of the evaluation, proper fit and the ability to adapt to amplification. Hearing aids do not restore normal hearing, but the assistance they provide may help wearers live their lives to the fullest. Today’s hearing aids provide better sound quality than ever. Losses that were difficult or even impossible to fit years ago are more likely to have success with newer hearing aids due to advancements in hearing aid technology.