This post was sponsored by EPIC Hearing Healthcare (EPIC). The thoughts and story are my own.
Hearing health insurance is not something I had really thought about until my Mother needed a hearing aid. When she told me what the cost for a hearing aid was, I was really shocked. The sad thing was, she didn’t have any insurance to cover the cost of this expense.
When my Mother was younger, she had some health issues that eventually lead to almost 100% loss of hearing in one ear. She always did her best to be a part of conversations but had to struggle at it.
There were times when she would just sit silently and not join in on the conversation just because she was afraid to say something wrong. I know it was hard for her because she always enjoyed being in a crowd and conversing with friends and family.
As family members it was tough on us too. We would forget that she couldn’t always hear well and at times this would mean we left her out of the conversation. To be perfectly honest, it would also be a bit frustrating when we had to “yell” at her so that she could hear what we were saying. Her hearing loss was a frustration to all of us.
It was a relief for everyone when my Mom finally broke down and got her hearing aids. She was able to be a part of life again. It took a little adjusting, but she is now used to them and is happy to have her hearing aids.
As Big and I get closer to retirement, we are beginning to look at various ways to protect our health and to not have a burden of an expensive health care issue. One of the things we have been looking at is hearing health and hearing insurance. As I said earlier, I was shocked to find out that my Mother’s hearing aid cost was over $1500.00.
Many companies offer hearing insurance and I would highly suggest to go to your HR department and see if they cover this. If hearing health is NOT a covered benefit for you, take a stand and request a change. EPIC Hearing Healthcare has created an advocacy flyer that anyone can just share to start a conversation with their HR professional. You can download it HERE.
I wish that Big’s employer offered hearing health insurance. It would be a beneficial insurance for us to have and much lower than insurance we would find on our own. Planning ahead is an important way to make sure your golden years are good ones and not those filled with financial burdens. You can follow the hashtag #ListenHear and find more great information.