Forty-eight million Americans experience hearing loss, but despite its prevalence, only one in five people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wears them. There are many misconceptions people have about hearing aids that may cause them to feel apprehensive, which is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest hearing aid fears below.
“Hearing aids will make me look old.”
Today’s hearing aids are not like the ones your parents or grandparents wore. Modern hearing aids are sleek and discreet, and they’re available in a wide variety of styles and colors to match your aesthetic preferences. Some hearing aids are almost completely invisible! You no longer need to worry about your hearing aids standing out.
In addition, people of all ages wear hearing aids, not just the elderly. And even if your hearing aids are visible, they are likely not as noticeable as your inability to hear. Asking people to repeat themselves constantly, turning up the volume on the TV louder than is comfortable for others and withdrawing from social activities are going to age you much more than wearing electronic devices in your ears.
“I can’t afford hearing aids.”
It’s true that hearing aids can be pricey, and many insurance companies do not yet cover them. However, there are many ways to overcome price barriers for these essential medical devices. Some options include:
- Financing. Our clinic offers lines of credit through both CareCredit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage. Benefits include flexible payment plans, affordable monthly payments, online account management, high approval rates, no annual fees, interest-free promotions and more.
- VA benefits. If you’re a veteran, check with your local VA office; chances are your hearing health is covered.
- Vocational rehabilitation. If you’re a student or are currently employed, you may qualify for hearing aids through the state’s vocational rehabilitation program.
- Social service organization Programs like Kiwanis, Optimist and Lion’s Clubs offer sponsorship programs within their communities.
“Hearing aids might not work for me.”
Maybe you’ve heard from a friend or neighbor that hearing aids aren’t worth the hassle. It’s important to know that hearing aids are not like eyeglasses; they do not instantly restore your hearing. You must commit to the rehabilitation process – including follow-up appointments for reprogramming – in order to get the maximum benefit of your devices.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the experts at Hearing Center of Lake Charles today.