One benefit of being an audiologist is seeing how much someone’s quality of life improves when they start using a hearing aid. Frequently, our patients don’t realize how much they’ve been missing until they see how much a hearing aid changes their life.
It makes me smile when a new hearing aid user comes back and tells me how much they’re enjoying participating in conversations at social gatherings again. Yet, a better social life isn’t the only way hearing aids can improve your quality of life. Other benefits of using hearing aids include:
- Better personal relationships
- Decreased risk of dementia, depression, and falls
- Improved job performance
- More independence
On the other hand, the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss have been well-documented. Ignoring your hearing loss is closely linked to higher incidences of loneliness, cognitive (brain) decline, and depression. Research has shown untreated hearing loss is even strongly connected to higher healthcare costs.
Since hearing aids can improve your quality of life, we believe you’ll discover they are a worthwhile investment.
How Large Will Your Investment Be?
It depends. The cost of hearing aids can vary greatly. But what most people don’t realize is that the cost of the hearing aid itself is only a small part of the investment. A vast majority of the value comes from the continued aftercare we provide at our clinic following your initial hearing aid purchase. Purchasing hearing aids is only the start of your investment and the start of your journey to better hearing with North Houston Hearing Solutions.
What You Get for Your Investment
Some of our patients are afraid such a significant investment will get them a clunky device like the one they remember a grandparent using. Let’s put those fears to rest. Today’s hearing aids bear little resemblance to the oversized, underperforming devices of the past.
Hearing aids are much smaller than they used to be. Several styles of hearing instruments are available. Invisible in the canal styles fit inside your ear canal and aren’t visible to others. Completely in the canal and behind-the-ear devices are nearly invisible.
Yesterday’s hearing aids had another problem. They amplified the background noise you didn’t want to hear. Modern hearing aids offer noise reduction to address that problem. The level of noise reduction available varies from hearing aid to hearing aid.
Most modern hearing instruments are digital. Many hearing aids offer wireless connectivity to Bluetooth-compatible devices like your smartphone and television.
No one has to know you’re adjusting your hearing aid in public. Many hearing aid manufacturers have developed apps that let you control your hearing aid with your smartphone.
We Understand You’re Making an Investment
We’re sensitive to the budget requirements of our patients. At our hearing center, we work with several hearing aid manufacturers. That gives us the flexibility to find the best hearing aid for your lifestyle and budget.
Insurance Coverage May Help
Our hearing center has relationships with all major health insurance providers. We have insurance specialists on staff who would be happy to check your insurance benefits. After they research your coverage, they’ll let you know whether your benefits cover the hearing assessment, hearing aids, ongoing hearing care, or if there’s no coverage.
At North Houston Hearing Solutions, we’re available to help you invest in your quality of life. Contact us to schedule an appointment.