Hearing aids: An investment in your quality of life

November 15, 2010 by Karl Drouin
Les appareils auditifs,  un investissement  dans votre qualité de vie. When people who are hearing-impaired consult a hearing healthcare professional to get a concrete solution to their hearing difficulties, they often have no idea about the cost involved in purchasing hearing aids.
Hearing aids are a lot more than just a plastic object containing a computer chip inside. They are an investment in your quality of life and that of your social circle by improving your speech comprehension during discussions at work as well as in your social activities.

To begin with, the cost of a hearing aid is directly linked to the technological complexity of the digital circuit inside the aid as well as the number of optional features selected. The technology levels are: premium level, advanced level, mid level, entry level, and economy level, while an option is something added to the circuit, such as a Bluetooth connection that links your hearing aid to your cell phone.

Of course, the more options your hearing aids have, or the more advanced the technology, the more expensive they will be.

The price of your hearing aids always includes the professional fees of your audioprosthetist and specialized educator. These services are primarily the impression making, the electroacoustic analysis and adjustment to the hearing aid’s settings, the real-ear measurement with the aid on your ear, the post-fitting follow-up and all the other services necessary to optimize your hearing aids’ settings to your needs.

The specialized educator and the audioprosthetist will take care of you during your adjustment period in order to ensure that you make a successful return to hearing well again. Meetings consist of additional information, for you and your loved ones, about the function, maintenance, adapting to, and handling of your hearing aids as well as to inform you about useful listening and communication strategies.

Given that the average lifespan of a hearing aid is 5-6 years, the annual cost to use one is not actually high. Over the long term, using a hearing aid is less costly than using a cell phone.

All hearing aids have warrantees that cover repairs (not due to accidents), parts, and labour for two years. Fees for consultations with audioprosthetists and specialized educators are also included for the life of the hearing aid. It is recommended that you go in for follow-up hearing aid checks twice a year.

Remember that some insurance companies cover hearing aids when they are medically recommended. In accordance with specific qualification criteria, RAMQ, CSST, and Veterans Affairs pay the full cost of hearing aids.

Wearing hearing aids greatly improves the quality of life for people who have hearing difficulties as well as for their loved ones. For more information, don’t hesitate to consult your audioprosthetist at one of Lobe Santé auditive et communication’s clinics.