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Sometimes I run with headphones in. Sometimes I run with friends and enjoy long conversations. Other times, I run alone with no headphones and just take in the sounds all around me.
It’s hard to even put into words how valuable this sense is to us.
For so many people though, hearing loss can be a huge challenge. With the cost of hearing aids ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, how would you cover the cost if you or a loved one was faced with the need for one? Unfortunately, most health insurance plans do not cover the cost of hearing aids. Seems odd since many companies offer vision insurance, dental insurance and other supplemental insurance. Why not for hearing coverage too?
If you aren’t sure if you are covered under your current insurance, speak with your HR department and ask if your coverage includes visits to an audiologist at least every two years for adults and annually for children for a complete diagnostic evaluation and whether or not hearing aid treatment is covered. The good news is that if hearing health is NOT a covered benefit for you, you can take a stand and request a change. To start a conversation with your HR professional, EPIC Hearing Healthcare has created an advocacy flyer that anyone can just share. Simply download this flyer and discuss it with your HR representative.
These tips may help you protect your hearing from damage:
- Use earplugs when surrounded by loud noises. Concerts, clubs, or loud work environments can really cause damage over time. Minimize the impact by using earplugs when exposed to loud noise.
- Turn down the music. Keep the volume at a comfortable level – others should never be able to hear your music through your headphones.
- Turn down the dial. Even a small reduction in the volume from your television can help. A good rule of thumb is that if you need to raise your voice to be heard over the volume, it’s too loud.
- Turn down the car radio. We’ve probably all been guilty of turning the car radio up and cruising along. But listening to loud music in a confined space like a car can cause damage.
What do you appreciate most about your hearing? Does your insurance include coverage for hearing aids or evaluations?