Need help paying for that hearing aid?
Editor: The cost of hearing aids is one of the main reasons so many
people who need them don't have them. Fortunately there are organizations
that help people acquire the hearing aids they need. This article provides
information on a wonderful resource from the Better Hearing Institute (BHI),
and Cheryl Heppner chimes in with a similar resource from NVRC.
(ARA) - "No one should go without a needed hearing aid because of an
inability to pay," says Dr. Sergei Kochkin, executive director of the
Better Hearing Institute (BHI).
That's why BHI has just published Your Guide to Financial Assistance
for Hearing Aids - the first comprehensive guide on how people can obtain
financial assistance to purchase hearing aids. (NVRC Note: This guide is
available only in PDF format for download. To order it you will need to
provide your name, address, and email address. NVRC also has a free
six-page fact sheet on Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids that you can
download at http://tinyurl.com/yhu62zn).
According to BHI, two out of three adults with hearing loss do not use
hearing aids because of financial constraints.
"Of the thousands of annual inquires we receive, the most frequent
topic concerns financial assistance for hearing aid purchases," Kochkin
For the free hearing guide, go to www.betterhearing.org and click on
"Request Hearing Loss Guides." It will help you quickly and easily
identify charitable foundations, private organizations, insurance plans,
corporate benefits and government programs that can help you get the
hearing healthcare you need.
Of the more than 34 million Americans with hearing loss, at least 95
percent could benefit from hearing aids.
When left untreated, hearing loss reduces earning power, disrupts
relationships, causes a wide array of psychological problems, cognitive
functioning and even has negative health effects. Those who have
difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete
communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal
lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal. Hearing loss is one
of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today. And
six out of 10 Americans with hearing loss are below retirement age.
Untreated hearing loss is linked to a wide range of physical and
emotional conditions. Advances in digital technology have dramatically
improved hearing aids in recent years, making them smaller with better
sound quality. Designs are modern, sleek and discreet. Clarity, greater
directionality, better speech audibility in a variety of environments,
better cell phone compatibility, less whistling and feedback than hearing
aids of the past and greater ruggedness for active lifestyles are common
"Many Americans of all ages with unaddressed hearing loss can benefit
from the use of hearing aids," says Kochkin. "We hope that this financial
guide will help people get the hearing aids they need to appropriately
address their hearing loss and improve their lives."
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