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South Africa has a well-established community of more than 4 million deaf and hard of hearing people but not everyone has the means to benefit from hearing aids. Considering the tremendous impact hearing loss can have on a person, MediFin offers affordable finance for hearing aids which will help make audiology appointments and treatments accessible to more South Africans.

What Causes Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss affects the quality of life and communication abilities of all people regardless of age, race or demographic. It is a common condition that can result from genetic causes, ageing (presbycusis), injury (otitis media) or damage to the ear structure due to disease such as meningitis.

Hearing difficulties can affect your ability to talk, listen and participate in everyday activities. It is a common problem among older people because of a natural decline in hearing, but it also occurs with other conditions such as ear damage from blasts or continuous loud noise, diseases like diabetes and even by taking certain medications.

Whether it’s permanent or temporary hearing loss that disappears after a few days, hearing aids are recommended for both.

What Hearing Aids Can Do For You

Hearing aids are devices that make sounds louder for people who have partial or complete hearing loss. While hearing aids can be used to help people with hearing problems, they do not cure the underlying problem.

These devices can also help you hear faint or distant sounds more clearly while enhancing speech. Unfortunately, hearing aids may not help everyone and they do not work for those with sensorineural hearing loss.

To find out if you need hearing aids, we recommend visiting an audiologist who will use an audiometric machine to test your hearing before making any recommendations.

Different Types Of Hearing Aids

An audiologist is a health professional who specialises in identifying and measuring hearing loss. They perform hearing tests to assess the type and degree of hearing loss which helps them identify the best course of action. If you need a hearing aid, here is a breakdown of the different types.

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

These particular devices are small and made from hard plastic protecting the electronic components. Worn in the ear and connected to a soft rubber earmold, these hearing aids fit perfectly inside the outer ear. BTE devices are used by individuals of all ages with mild and more severe hearing loss.

An open-fit hearing aid is a new type of BTE device which fits entirely behind the ear. It only has one tiny tube inserted in the ear canal, allowing it to stay open. People with a build-up of earwax are more likely to suffer damage to open-fit hearing aids, which are less prone to get clogged. Some people may find the open-fit hearing aid more appealing since their voice does not seem “plugged up.”

In-the-ear (ITE)

These hearing aids fit inside the outer ear and are used for mild to severe hearing loss. The electronic components are inside a case made from hard plastic for added protection. Some ITE devices may have certain added features like a telecoil (magnetic coil) which allows people to receive sound through the circuitry rather than the device’s microphone.

This makes it especially easier to hear conversations over the telephone or in public facilities with special sound systems, called an induction loop. These are often found in churches, schools, airports, and auditoriums. In-the-ear hearing aids are usually not worn by young children as the casing needs to be replaced often as the ear grows.

Canal Aids

These devices fit into the ear canal and are available as either in-the-canal (ITC) or completely-in-canal (CIC). ITC aids are specially made to fit the size and shape of a person’s ear canal while a completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid is almost invisible as it fits inside the ear canal. Both of these devices are used for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Why MediFin Offers Finance For Hearing Aids

Proper audiology can be expensive, but it is essential for diagnosing and treating any hearing loss. Considering what hearing aids cost, many people with hearing problems cannot afford these devices and seeking treatment at a later stage could increase the risk of further damage to your ear and inner ear.

There is no standard hearing aid cost in South Africa but they typically range from R5 000 to R60 000 each and that excludes the batteries, maintenance and other associated costs. Hearing aids are also generally not covered by medical aid, so if you need finance for hearing aids, consider options like MediFin.

What Does Hearing Finance Cover?

MediFin’s hearing finance offers much-needed support to anyone concerned about their hearing and limited financial resources. This type of financing can cover the following:

  • Hearing tests
  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants
  • Tinnitus treatments
  • Auditory brainstem response
  • Auditory steady-state response
  • Videonystagmography (VNG)
  • Audiology Appointments

If you are struggling to afford hearing aids or even audiology appointments, consider hearing finance that could cover the cost of your treatment today. Visit the MediFin website for more information on how to apply and get the finance you need for hearing aids.