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What's that you say? Hearing is an important part of good health

Hearing is good healthMore than 48 million Americans report hearing loss each year. Fortunately for most people, hearing can be dramatically improved through the use of hearing aids.

If you're experiencing any of the following, ask your doctor about getting your hearing tested. Key signs of hearing loss include:

  • Inability to decipher dialog on the television or radio
  • Difficulty understanding conversations at restaurants
  • Trouble with phone conversations
  • Asking people to repeat themselves, especially in the presence of background noise
  • Muffled hearing
  • Avoidance of social settings

While hearing loss can affect overall health and social wellbeing, some people still are reluctant to wear a hearing aid. If that's the case, consider that healthy hearing helps you get more out of life by:

  • Bringing more enjoyment of social activities and hobbies
  • Helping you hear sounds of children, laughter, birds
  • Making conversation more enjoyable
  • Increasing your safety

Not your grandparents' hearing aids

Hearing aids are no longer large, clumsy devices. In fact, many are nearly imperceptible. Even behind the ear models are very small and hardly noticeable. Plus, many new models connect to TVs and mobile devices.

In addition, hearing aids are available at a variety of prices and many different models. When you meet with a hearing care provider, ask questions and explore all of your options. You can also purchase hearing aids through TruHearing, a discount program provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' Blue365 program.

Finding a provider

Not sure where to start? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois can help you locate hearing care providers in your area. TruHearing can verify whether your plan covers hearing aids.

Learn more about how technology is changing treatments for hearing loss.