People with hearing loss often wait seven to 10 years after noticing the first symptoms to seek out help. That's a long time without being able to hear friends and family members—and not an ideal way to enjoy retirement.
Fortunately, AARP members can take advantage of one of the most comprehensive hearing care programs available today—including discounted hearing aids—by visiting a participating clinic.
The AARP Hearing Care Program provided by HearUSA is available exclusively at participating clinics, please see AARP's hearing program website for a list.
AARP hearing aid program coverage and discounts
Finding a participating clinic for the AARP program
AARP's website also has an easy-to-use appointment setter that allows you to pick your state and find the closest hearing care professional that is covered under your insurance plan. All clinics listed on the site are licensed professionals who offer state-of-the-art technology and services. In addition, there is an online screening exam that can help individuals determine their level of hearing. The five-minute screening can be conducted via a questionnaire or with headphones.
Hearing loss causes isolation
Another hearing benefit of the AARP Hearing Care Program ensures individuals will not become isolated due to their hearing loss. Research conducted by The National Council on Aging shows that people who struggle with hearing loss but do not receive treatment may feel isolated or depressed. According to the study, 30 percent of those with hearing loss who did not wear hearing aids felt isolated while only 22 percent of those with hearing aids had those feelings.
Social interaction is incredibly important for people's health and well-being. Those who are older than 50 may be living alone, which could lead to injury or illness. The AARP Foundation understands the great importance of staying in contact with friends, family members and the community to live a healthy life. The organization commissions research that addresses social isolation and finds ways to prevent it.
What do I need to know about buying hearing aids?
AARP online community
AARP's website provides a number of valuable resources to people over the age of 50. There are message boards to keep in contact with others on the website and popular discussions that allow individuals to share jokes, music and new books with other members. The information is directed toward the over 50 demographic, and includes travel, dating and health advice. This can be very beneficial to those with hearing loss because it serves as an outlet to get in touch with others, without relying on hearing. Plus, it provides a gateway to meet others with hearing loss. Social media and online interaction can very helpful to those with hearing loss.
Additionally, the website provides state-specific information including sessions to attend, caregiving tips, forums and local events.
AARP is a trusted name in the healthcare industry, which is why the foundation is able to provide many Americans with affordable healthcare. Being a member of AARP allows you to take advantage of the close relationship that AARP has with leading companies by having access to a number of health products, discounts and services at a low rate. Along with the discount plan from AARP for hearing aids, there are some additional benefits of an AARP membership to consider:
AARP provides a laundry list of health-related products, services and healthcare tools that can help you determine the right type of coverage and cost that suits your lifestyle while calculating your savings. Additionally, there is a health insurance terms glossary that will help you decipher hard to understand language when choosing a plan. You can also calculate your social security benefits. Products or services that are available for reimbursement by federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are not available on an AARP discounted or complimentary basis.
How can I get these benefits?
If you are ready to find out if hearing aids will help you, the first step is to visit a hearing care professional. You can search for a provider in our directory and call to schedule a hearing test. Although not all of Healthy Hearing's clinics are part of the AARP network of providers, they may still honor the benefits of the AARP program or they may have their own benefits and great discounts to offer—just ask! Or, you can visit AARP's hearing program website for help locating a hearing care professional. Either way, don't delay. Getting help with your hearing ability will improve your relationships, career and quality of life.