Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012

The Cost of Hearing Aids Explained

Hearing aid prices are like this drop of water in an ocean, there is more there than what you see.

When broken down hearing aids cost only pennies a day, but many people faced with hearing loss are confused about the initial expense of hearing aids. That's often because people think of hearing aids as mere amplifiers, but hearing aids do more than just make things louder. The cost of hearing aids has a lot to do with the advanced technology. A hearing aid isn’t simply manufactured, but researched, designed, and tested over many years.

Understanding sound is an important aspect of hearing aid research. Your hearing is a precious and complex sense. Hearing aids are not just amplifiers, they are sophisticated pieces of technology that seek to mimic hearing in order to restore your sense and keep you from suffering other deteriorating conditions. The complex nature of research into uncovering the mysteries of sound and sense along with the advanced technology that then works to replace this complicated process is a huge part of the cost.

Hearing aid technology is constantly being improved to meet the needs of people with hearing loss. The various features and technologies that eliminate background noise and convert signals to sound aren't quickly nor easily manufactured. Developing hearing aids is a complicated process that involves specialized research and technology from multiple sources and scientific fields. After scientist work together to produce this technology it must then be tested over many years to gain approval for use. Once a hearing aid is created that is acceptable for human use it then needs to be fitted for a specific person.

Hearing loss is specific to each individual. Even people with the same degree and type of hearing loss will not be able to share the same hearing aids. Hearing aid technology needs to be adjusted by a licensed hearing health professional for use by a specific individual in order to ensure that it will be comfortable and to avoid complications of hearing aid use. All of this, technology and fitting and finding the right aid, is an attempt to restore a sense that is multifaceted and has more to do with your entire physical health than previously thought.

A hearing aid is fit, cleaned, and repeatedly adjusted by a licensed hearing health professional for individual use. Hearing aid costs, in part, are related to these services, to the complicated nature of hearing loss, and to technology.

Your hearing not only connects you to the world, but the signals from your ears keep parts of your brain from atrophying. It has been shown that people who do not properly treat their hearing loss are more likely to suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. “Anything we can do to preserve our hearing-whether it's avoiding damage in the first place by limiting exposure to loud sounds, or by getting a hearing aid to boost input levels-will potentially preserve the health and function of the brain regions involved in processing sounds and speech.” Dr. Jonathan Peelle

People often cite the high cost of hearing aids as a reason for not treating their hearing loss, but when broken down hearing aids costs just pennies a day; whereas the average person losses 12,000 a year in income due to hearing loss and the collective costs to society is thought to exceed 100 billion annually. Today’s hearing health providers will often work with patients to help keep hearing aid expense down. Thus the true cost of not treating hearing loss on health, income, relationships, and emotions is far greater than the initial outlay for hearing aids.

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