Furthermore! I find it ironic that the article states:
"More is at stake here than the ability to mingle at cocktail parties. Older adults with hearing loss report more falls, and more hospitalizations and periods of poor mental and physical health. Some experience an accelerated rate of cognitive decline.
Dr. Lin is beginning a five-year study, with $16 million from the National Institutes of Health, to determine whether treating hearing loss effectively could delay the onset of cognitive decline and dementia."
And STILL: there is zero, zip insurance coverage for any kind of hearing disability! Folks can sign up for vision plans, dental plans, Medicare GAP plans, plain ol’ insurance, get coverage for drug, alcohol, mental issues, preventative care, emergency treatment, surgical procedures.
But if you are hard of hearing and can not converse, and your brain is actually declining due to diminished hearing, you can go fly a KITE. And here, I administer a slap to my forehead.
I just don’t get it. I can afford to buy aids, but for the majority of those who could benefit from a pair of aids or who actually need a pair to keep a job, marriage, self-respect intact there are no options? There’s something wrong with the system. Or am I just a whiner?