If you’re losing your hearing, a pair of hearing aids can be a game changer. The problem is that a lot of Georgians can’t afford them, but there may be a program that can help.
Medicaid and Medicare will pay for a yearly hearing screening, but not hearing aids. It’s the same situation with many insurance companies.
That’s where the Norman and Frankie Siegel were hitting a wall. They’re in their mid-70s and retired and they were beginning to realize that they were missing out on a lot.
“I would sit in my chair and turn the TV on and I would turn the volume, and my wife would say, ‘That’s too loud! Turn it down,'” said Norman Siegel.
Even just talking to each other was getting harder.
“She would tell me something and I would say, yes and no. And she would ask me about it later, and I would say, ‘You didn’t tell me that.’ I wasn’t hearing. I was not hearing, I was missing a lot of conversations,” said Norman Siegel.
The Siegels went to Audiological Consultants of Atlanta, where doctor of audiology Meryl Miller screened them and diagnosed both with hearing loss.
Miller says the amount of hearing loss you have is important.
“But sometimes even more important is what is your lifestyle? What are your hearing demands,” Miller said.