I am posting this for everyone who may find it of benefit.
I continuously read about how individuals who are still in the workforce and have hearing loss that necessitates amplification so that they can remain employed/function in their work environment are constantly in need of new, expensive hearing aids every few years and cannot afford the expense (understandably).
For anyone in this situation, PLEASE, and I cannot say that loud enough or often enough, PLEASE investigate if your state/country/principality/territory has an office of vocational rehabilitation. You may discover that you can get hearing aids at no cost to you if you qualify. Do not assume that because you have a job that you make too much money. Many of these departments are geared towards working individuals which means that they want you to have a “normal” income. The worst they could tell you is no. I fit between 1-4 patients a month who I have referred to OVR and ended up getting high-quality hearing aids with no out-of-pocket expense. also, don’t assume your hearing loss isn’t strong enough. I have fit people with nearly normal hearing all the way to a severe/profound loss. I assure am not trying to sell or push something…nearly all my patients have no clue that OVR even exists and many dispensers/ salesman/ audiologists might be more interested in making a buck rather than serving their patients (I make much less dispensing HA’s for OVR patients than private-pay).
So if you are working or looking for work or even enrolled in school or other training program for work, before trying to come up with the money to pay for a hearing aid or other assistive technology yourself, do a quick search of your local/regional government to see if such a program exists where you are.