Insurance companies need to cover the cost of hearing aids
If hearing loss was considered a disability it would be number one in the country but insurance doesn’t cover the cost of hearing aids. Insurance companies claim that it isn’t considered a disability. In first grade, I was diagnosed with high-frequency hearing loss. As a six-year-old it didn’t really matter to me nor did it totally make sense to me. Getting hearing aids was like getting a new toy that allowed me to hear crickets, birds chirping and the sounds tires make when you’re riding your bike. These were sounds I have never heard before. It was a life changing event but one that a lot don’t get to experience. When I don’t have my hearing aids I feel disconnected from conversations and have no idea what’s going on. Everyone’s words became slurred together and just don’t sound like English. I try to read their lips but let’s be real that person isn’t always going to be facing directly at me so what do I then. Being able to hear affects many aspects of our lives from family relationships and employment to mental and physical health. I can’t be a lifeguard because who is going to let a deaf girl lifeguard like not safe. I can’t work at fast food and a lot of retail stores because of the headsets. In first grade before we found out I had significant hearing loss I was failing because the teacher would give us a spelling test she would say for instance prince and I would say print. Hearing aids are to be replaced every 3–5 years and a single hearing aids averages from $1,000-$7,000. 2 out of 3 people are going to need hearing aids so you have a good chance of needing them but will you be able to afford them?