At Starkey Hearing Technologies helping people hear is our passion. Every day we answer questions about hearing aids from people around the world on Facebook and Twitter and through our call center. With all of the conflicting information available online it can be difficult to sort out the facts about hearing loss and hearing aids. Here are four common myths that can prevent someone from seeking hearing help.
MYTH: Hearing loss only affects the elderly
REALITY: There are 48 million people, nearly 1 in 5, over the age of 12 with hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. According to data from the Better Hearing Institute, the majority of people with hearing loss (65%)are under the age of 65. Hearing loss is a challenge for individuals of all ages because it can adversely affect educational and occupational performance, social interactions, as well as personal safety.
MYTH: Hearing aids are noticeable and uncomfortable
REALITY: Hearing aids are small and weigh only a few ounces. Frequently asking someone to repeat themselves or responding inappropriately is much more noticeable than the hearing aids themselves.
MYTH: Buying a set of hearing aids online will save time and money
REALITY: Better hearing is an art guided by science and delivered through technology by hearing healthcare professionals. Unlike consumer electronics, hearing aids are medical devices. They should not be purchased off a shelf or online and worn right out of the box. Hearing aids should be selected and fit following a comprehensive audiologic evaluation by a licensed hearing healthcare professional. The licensed professional will provide fitting expertise and comprehensive follow up care as well as warranty and repair coverage.
MYTH: Hearing aids are too expensive
REALITY: Hearing aids are a long-term investment that improve your health. These medical devices are essential for improving quality of life, communicating with loved ones and fulfilling occupational requirements. The cost associate with hearing aids reflects research, manufacturing costs and professional service fees.
In order to gain a better understanding of the cost involved in purchasing a set of hearing aids, let’s assume you purchase your devices for the industry average, or $4,500. To keep the example simple we’ll use this average cost; you may spend a little more or less depending on the type of hearing aids you and your hearing care professional select. You will likely use those hearing aids for five years. If the cost of those hearing aids is broken down over five years, the hearing aids end up costing $900 annually or $75 per month. The $75 per month cost will also include:
- A comprehensive hearing aid evaluation
- Orientation and instruction on how to use your hearing aids
- Ongoing follow-up care and office visits
- Hearing aid warranty and repair coverage
- Aural rehabilitative services to ensure you are maximizing your hearing potential
If you or a loved one have questions that weren’t addressed, please feel free to contact us directly on our Facebook page or in the comments below. You can also follow us on Twitter for more helpful tips for hearing your best!