Hearing aids are medical devices and must undergo thorough research and development processes to be compatible with our complex ability to hear. However, there are many types of quality hearing aids at various price points that can fit your needs and your budget. There are also several ways you can find help with paying for hearing aids, including through most Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), through foundations and local service organizations, and through healthcare financing plans. And if you are a veteran, check to see if you are eligible for hearing care.
Adults with untreated hearing loss generate 46% more in healthcare costs over 10 years than those with healthy hearing8. It pays to take care of your hearing as soon as you suspect a difficulty!
According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the prolonged use of headphones and earbuds has led to a major increase in the prevalence of hearing loss in adolescence and young adults. Having a sound projected directly into your ear canal can increase a sound's volume by 6 to 9 decibels — enough to cause some serious problems. Not only can the inner ear be damaged by the loudness of noise, but it can also be damaged by the length of exposure. If the ear is not exposed to safe listening volumes or given enough time to recover between episodes of exposure, permanent damage will occur.
Furthermore, in one of the largest studies ever performed on hearing disorders affiliated with musicians, researchers discovered that musicians are 57% more likely to suffer from tinnitus—consistent ringing in the ears—as a result of their job.7 If you’re a musician, or if you participate in live events, safeguard your ears. Musicians can benefit from professional earplugs that provide safe listening and preserve sound quality.
2 Livingston, Gill. "Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care: 2020 Report of the Lancet Commission." The Lancet, 14 Aug. 2020.
3 MarkeTrak 2022©, Hearing Industries Association (HIA). Confidential to HIA Members
8 "Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs over-Time." Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 8 Nov. 2018