How much does it cost to treat a hearing impairment?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2004 that the cost of lifetime treatment for a person with hearing impairment would be about $417,000, not including outpatient visits to the hospital and interpreters. Here's the breakdown:
  • 6 percent of this cost is from direct medical treatment like medications, hospital stays, and doctor appointments;
  • 30 percent is from nonmedical fees like special education or house modifications;
  • 63 percent is the indirect cost of hearing impairment, such as lost wages from physical limitations in the workplace.
Hearing aids and cochlear implants are expensive, but sometimes you can qualify for insurance coverage or federal aid.

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Hearing Damage

Hearing Damage

Good hearing depends on a series of events that change sound waves into electrical signals that travel through our cells and nerves to our brains. When the hair cells (cilia) or auditory nerves that make this happen are damaged, y...

our hearing is affected. Most people think of hearing loss (deafness) when the ear is damaged, but you can have other symptoms, too. You may hear a ringing or roaring sound. Most cases of hearing damage in those over 65 are caused by aging and heredity, but doctors are increasingly concerned about hearing damage in young patients, such as those who are exposed to loud on-the-job noises or recreational noise). It's important to understand the causes of hearing loss and what you can do to prevent it.

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