For so many with hearing loss, seeking treatment is out of reach simply due to cost. In fact, steep prices are one of the top three reasons that patients do not get the hearing aids they may desperately need. With patients waiting up to 7 years on average to get the help they need, reducing barriers, such as cost, has been vital to increasing the quality of life for 48 million Americans with varying degrees of hearing loss. UnitedHealthcare aims to fix just that with their new hearing insurance UnitedHealthcare Hearing, and a media blitz of radio and TV public service announcements to help raise awareness about the connections between noise exposure and hearing loss. This change in hearing insurance aims to offer quality hearing insurance at an affordable cost to individuals, employers, and Medicare Advantage plan patients.
Like many of us, UnitedHealthcare has witnessed some of the startling statistics facing the deaf and hard of hearing community.1 in every 4 American adults who believe their hearing is healthy, actually shows signs of hearing damage. Over 466 million people have disabling hearing loss worldwide, which is estimated to explode to an astronomical 630 million by 2030. With a hearing loss epidemic becoming more prevalent and a health care market becoming more competitive, UnitedHealthcare has introduced UnitedHealthcare Hearing to help those who need quality treatment at an affordable cost.
As more and more Americans are choosing to delay and possibly jeopardize their hearing health, ease of access and lower costs are vital to improving the quality of life for millions. UnitedHealthcare’s new hearing insurance aims to tackle both problems, giving patients across the country the ability to hear what matters most.
As some hearing aids can run from $1,800 to $6,800 or more per pair according to Consumer Reports, some Americans just cannot afford to hear better. 86 percent of adults over the age of 50 do not use hearing aids even when they can directly benefit, showing that barriers such as sticker shock and lack of access are very real. UnitedHealthcare Hearing offers private label hearing aids at a much lower cost, with options from some of the world’s leading manufacturers, increasing accessibility and making a real difference in the lives of millions.