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How much does it cost to treat a hearing impairment?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
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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