Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

[Just like other medical devices, hearing aids are an investment in your overall health. People who suffer from hearing loss are usually concerned with the expense. However, not taking the leap to invest in hearing aids can cost more in the future. If you look beyond the price tag, and consider the necessity of the improvements hearing aids can bring to your quality of life, you may find that hearing aids are an very sensible financial choice.

Cheap Hearing Aids Can Cost More in the Long Run

When looking in a thesaurus, you may find that “cheap” is listed as a synonym for “affordable,” but that doesn’t mean they’re actually the same. And while you may be able to find audio devices for under $100, it may not be the best idea to get those cheap hearing aids. The problem with over-the-counter hearing devices is that you get what you pay for in quality. When you purchase these devices, you are really purchasing an amplification device much like ear buds, not an actual hearing aid.

The majority of “$100 hearing aids” aren’t actually hearing aids. They’re more likely to be PSAPs (personal sound amplification products) These devices turn up the sound of everything around you including unwanted background noise. These cheaper devices become all but useless in noisy environments when trying to hear conversations better. They are also more likely to send loud feedback noises to your ears than well-made hearing aids. By sending those loud, high-pitched noises straight into your ear canal, they could potentially damage your hearing rather than being a hearing aid.

Lower Earnings at Work

Not treating your hearing loss affects not only your personal life, but can cause major disruptions in your professional life. Not treating hearing loss is far more likely to cost you with regards to employment, promotions, salary increases, and job security.

One study on the impact of untreated hearing loss on household income similarly concluded that of 40,000 families surveyed, hearing loss subtracted up to $12,000 of yearly income on average from affected households.

The struggle to hear at the workplace takes a toll on you physically, as well. Even when you manage to make it through a workday with inadequate hearing, the stress that comes with wondering whether you heard everything correctly will leave you exhausted and stressed. Stress affects your ability to sleep, your immune system, your relationships and generally your quality of life.

Hearing Loss and Your Safety

There are safety issues, which often accompany hearing loss. Without  the right hearing aids, it becomes risky for you to go across the street or operate a vehicle. You won’t be able to hear alarms and warning signals as easily creating more risk for injury. Healthy hearing is a must for work-site safety like construction sites or manufacturing plants. 

Hearing loss has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even dementia. Other conditions that have been connected to hearing loss include clinical depression and an increased risk of falls. The point is that ignoring your hearing loss could result in missing out on an early warning sign of a more serious health threat.

Why is it worth investing in high-quality hearing aids?

High-quality hearing aids use the latest technology to provide many advanced features, like speech isolation, voice recognition, binaural direct streaming, tinnitus control and the ability to recharge. Investing in high-quality hearing aids means your solution will be completely customized to you and your specific hearing needs. You can ensure a customized fit of the device as well as the programming of the software to meet your individual needs. Finally, it’s quite common that hearing aids will need regular adjustments and sometimes repairs.

Quality Hearing Aids with Focus Hearing

Purchasing a high-quality hearing device ensures you will have a relationship with us at Focus Hearing for all of your aftercare needs. If you purchase a PSAP or another low-quality hearing or amplification device you are unfortunately on your own as your hearing inevitably changes. There is little doubt that a high quality hearing aid will  cost more but the investment is nearly priceless when held up against the quality of your one and only precious life. When you look at all the troubles associated with going without one or buying a cheaper device, it’s undoubtedly a wise investment. Make an appointment with us at Focus Hearing today to learn more.