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The Food and Drug Administration recently changed its policy, allowing hearing aids to be purchased over the counter. This is huge for anyone with hearing loss, as it removes another barrier to hearing treatment.
Unfortunately, one of the barriers to health care in today’s economy is inflation. As of June 2022, inflation in the US has reached a 40-year high of 9.1%. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US health care inflation rate has increased by 4.5%.
While everyone is hopeful that inflation will begin to decline year-over-year, economists are uncertain that this will happen. With higher food and gas prices, every home and business is affected. Inflation is at the top of excellence in the minds of audiology patients.
The same factors that drive inflation across the country affect health, unfortunately, so does health care.
Employment is down, costs are up, labor costs are up and medical supplies are up more than 20%. As audiologists work diligently to reduce their operating costs without compromising patient care, they are forced to increase our monthly treatment plan, with a price-lock guarantee, by $10 each month.
Their desire is to ensure timely, efficient and professional care, and unfortunately, they must increase the cost of the treatment plan to continue providing the best.
All told, his office understands the significant investment associated with hearing health care, including the hidden costs of untreated hearing loss. Excellence in Audiology offers the most affordable payment plans to help their patients begin medical treatment of hearing loss on day one.
His in-office treatment program is all-inclusive and ensures that each patient always gets the most benefit from the best options to treat his/her hearing loss and cognitive needs. The treatment plan includes access to significant benefits including full warranty coverage of the treatment technology (with loss, damage and lifetime repair coverage), supplies, batteries and full access to service appointments. Most importantly, your monthly payment is inflation-proof and never increases!
A patient’s hearing and cognitive needs change over time and treatment technology improves. With a treatment plan, patients are a priority!
Patients often ask, “What happens if I postpone treatment for my hearing loss?” There is strong evidence that untreated hearing loss significantly increases the risk of other chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, tinnitus, dementia, and falls.
Dr. Darrow and his team look forward to continuing to work with you as you seek healthy aging and medical treatment for your hearing loss and related cognitive needs.
About the doctor
Dr. Keith Darrow, PhD, CCC-A is an MIT and Harvard medically trained neurologist and clinical audiologist. He is a professor at Worcester State University and a certified Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care trainer. His book, “Preventing Decline,” is an Amazon.com #1 New Release and Best Seller.