There’s no doubt about it, hearing aids are expensive. That’s part of the reason why only 1/3 of adults who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them1. But, a 2016 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery suggests that the cost of untreated hearing loss may actually be more than cost of hearing aids.
The study examined a group of individuals of similar age, employment, and health condition. The results? Those with hearing loss had significantly higher medical bills, paying on average 33% more than those without hearing loss. In addition, those with untreated hearing loss had even more medical expenses than those who had hearing aids.
So, how does this happen? Study author, Annie Simpson, Ph.D. and Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, suggests that people with hearing loss often struggle with one of the many comorbidities associated with hearing loss, and as a result, have higher medical bills. On the other hand, those with untreated hearing loss may avoid seeking help due to fear and stress of not being able to adequately communicate with health care professionals. When they do go in, they may have trouble understanding the doctor’s instructions. Not seeking help and lack of understanding can make health issues worse, meaning more time and money spend at the doctor’s office.
When it comes to hearing loss, early-intervention is key. If you suspect you may have hearing loss, call today to learn more and schedule a free hearing screening appointment.
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