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Addressing a Relative’s Biggest Concerns About Hearing Aids
Coping With Cost, Social Stigma, and Other Hearing Aid Concerns
If you have been offering excuses to your family for putting off the purchase of a hearing aid device, you’re not alone. Many patients are reluctant to get the hearing correction they need, even if they recognize that their hearing loss has become a hindrance to their daily lives. So what is really holding these patients back?
The 3 Most Common Concerns That Delay the Purchase of a Hearing Aid Device
While patients may offer many reasons for delaying hearing treatment, there are a few common reasons that users cite as the major cause they put off getting a hearing aid. Unfortunately, many of these concerns are based on outdated information, misconceptions, or simply fear of the unknown.
The three most common reasons people decline hearing treatment include:
- Social stigma. One of the top reasons people avoid hearing aids is that the device will be visible to others, causing others to treat them differently or make them seem “old.” However, patients often don’t realize that asking others to repeat themselves or turning up the TV too loudly is even more likely to give that impression. In addition, modern hearing aids are smaller and more cosmetically appealing than ever before, and can be linked to cellphones and electronics to assist patients of all ages. Some people even choose in-the-ear devices specifically so their hearing aids will be invisible to their friends and family, giving them the best of both worlds.
- Cost. While the average cost of a hearing aid hovers around $1,000, the cost of living with untreated hearing loss can be much higher. A hearing problem can result in an inability to continue working, cause a traffic accident, and encourage a mental decline that leads to expensive health issues. In addition, the growing hearing aid market has brought new technology and devices across several different price points, giving patients more spending flexibility. Finally, there are many ways to lessen the cost of a new device, including insurance coverage and set monthly payments. We offer a variety of hearing aid payment plans and financing options to make it easy for patients to afford their chosen device.
- Ease of use. Some patients do not fear what others think, but are afraid that they will be unable to understand or troubleshoot the device. Fortunately, there are not only high-tech interactive devices for the tech-savvy, there are also devices that can be completely programmed ahead of time by a hearing specialist. Many devices are designed for ease of use, including hearing aids that come with remote controls and large external controls for patients with limited dexterity—and each is available to correct all types and degrees of hearing loss.
If you are ready to take your first hands-on look at a new device, we are here to help. Call or visit our office location nearest you to have one of our hearing care providers take you through our top-of-the-line hearing aids, accessories, and financing options.