The financial commitment to getting hearing aids is one of the most common deterrents against them. In most cases, patients don’t understand the different levels of hearing care being offered that are included with the investment.
Each hearing aid company offers different services and specializes in a wide range of hearing healthcare. We advise each patient to partner with a professional to help guide them through their options.
We know you have questions. We answer them every day in our offices and are happy to do so. Here are some of the more popular questions that patients have when deciding whether hearing aids are really worth the investment.
What Are The Benefits Of Hearing Aids?
Multiple studies show that hearing aids help treat hearing loss in ways beyond just hearing sounds.
Besides making your communication more manageable and less stressful, good hearing helps prevent other health issues such as cognitive decline, memory loss, and dementia.
Healthy hearing is needed to maintain our physical balance, our mental health, and our blood pressure. Hearing properly has many benefits; the question is, why wouldn’t you use hearing aids?
Do Hearing Aids Cure Hearing Loss?
No, hearing aids do not repair the damage that is already present. They simply ensure that you get the appropriate stimulus to your auditory nerve depending on your degree of hearing loss.
Hearing aids have proven to delay further decline in a person’s ability to understand and can also help to slow or delay signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Hearing aids keep your brain in shape and more acute to processing sounds. The more it gets used to not hearing anything, the worse your condition will get, and that’s when cognitive issues arise.
How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
Hearing aids range anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to upwards of a few thousand dollars per device. This range is directly related to the type of quality and service you will receive.
We have seen a spike in over-the-counter device sales recently. On the one hand, this is good that people are seeking help for their issues. On the other, they may become discouraged if their device does not work. They may think that because that device didn’t work, no device will. This is not true.
To get a good quality pair of hearing aids with the necessary service from a doctor of audiology or licensed hearing instrument specialist, you should expect to spend at least a few thousand dollars.
There are many different programs and insurance policies that can help cover these costs. This is a problem that can be overcome to improve something this important.
The most important thing to consider when it comes to the financial side of hearing aids is what you get in return. We see hearing aids as an investment, not a cost – since you receive ongoing audiological care as a part of this investment.
Hearing aid repairs, adjustments & cleaning, device support, audiological check-ups, and anything else you might require to help you optimize your hearing.
Does Insurance Cover Hearing Aids?
This is different for each patient. It all depends on what insurance program you have.
Most VA programs will offer assistance if not cover the total cost. As of right now, Medicare does not cover any costs of hearing aids and may only cover your initial test. This is unfortunate since hearing loss is so common among this age bracket.
Depending on your coverage, we can check with your insurance company and ensure you get the most from your insurer.
What Other Services Do You Receive With Your Hearing Aids?
The reason hearing aids cost what they do is because they are very sophisticated medical devices. They require an experienced professional for follow-up care and to make customized adjustments.
Prescribed hearing aids also assure that you have someone to take them to who can fix them quickly if anything goes wrong. Many cheap hearing devices will only provide an 800 number as support, and from what I have heard, they are not very supportive.
When you buy hearing aids, don’t think of it as buying an electronic device; think of it as purchasing the treatment and care of your hearing health for the rest of your life.
How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?
Your hearing aids can last you for many years if the proper care and maintenance procedures are followed. We are happy to work with everyone to ensure you get the longest life possible from your investment.
However, we don’t know what the future holds, and because these are pieces of cutting-edge technology, they could become obsolete as newer products are introduced.
The biggest reason people get new hearing aids is that their hearing changes. Newer hearing aids can address more severe conditions and, in some cases, more discreetly with hearing aids getting smaller and smaller.
Considering all this, we estimate that hearing aids will remain helpful for at least four years. Most of the time, they last and are beneficial to the patient for much longer than that.
What Should I Do If I Have More Questions?
To get more information on hearing aids and whether or not they are worth the cost, please contact us anytime. We would be happy to discuss your options and explain to you the process of getting them.
In all cases, we start with a comprehensive hearing assessment. This gives us the information we need to pair you with the best hearing aids for you.
We are also specialists in dealing with insurance companies, so please let us know if you are enrolled in any programs.