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Cost is the biggest deterrent to wearing hearing aids.
Despite the fact that one in six Irish adults is affected by hearing loss, research commissioned by Specsavers shows that 69% of Irish adults have not had their hearing tested in five years because they are worried that correcting the problem will be expensive.
In fact, almost half of Irish adults (47%) regularly worry about losing their hearing, yet only 25% of people would act quickly (within a week) if they noticed a change.
Now Specsavers is reassuring the public that the cost of improving your hearing no longer needs to be a concern, thanks to the new changes introduced to the PRSI treatment benefits.
How does it work?
Following changes to the PRSI scheme by the Department of Social Protection, those eligible for the benefit can now avail of a pair of hearing aids up to the value of €1,000 or put their PRSI contribution towards the cost of a more expensive pair of hearing aids at Specsavers.
Even with a Medical Card, many will also have PRSI entitlements which would make them eligible for a free pair of hearing aids. With hearing aids available from just €600 at Specsavers, this is the very first time people can claim free hearing aids under the scheme.
“Unfortunately, the perceived cost of hearing aids and outdated stigmas can deter people from seeking help and they do not realise the life changing benefits they can offer.” said Specsavers Audiology chairperson, Orla Walsh.
“Hearing aids are far more than being able to hear clearly. Untreated hearing loss can have far-reaching implications beyond hearing with links to feelings of depression, frustration and anxiety.”
For more information about using your PRSI Treatment benefit entitlement available at Specsavers, speak to your local store or check out www.specsavers.ie/hearing/hearing-aids/prsi-treatments-benefit. You can also make an appointment online.