You are right about the prohibitive cost of hearing aids. Hearing is a vital sense, one that keeps us safe and ensures quality of life. Medicare should cover the entire cost of hearing aids, as should Medicaid for those who qualify for it prior to age 65. Make noise: call your State and Federal representatives!
I've been told I have hearing loss after several tests and last year I purchased a pair of hearing aids for both ears. I also have tinnitis but feel it has gotten worse since I've started wearing them. Don't know if that's the cause though.
What I hear is something like the wind and sometimes it sounds louder than other times. Getting back to those hearing aids, which I'm still trying to get used to. They do cost a pretty penny but I feel I could've gotten the same thing for a much less price than what I paid. They usually range in price from 1500 dollars each.
Some Sam's Club stores have Hearing Centers. They have many different styles of hearing aids and personal sound amplifiers at a fraction of the cost of going to a hearing center. They do the testing there too.
My tinnitus has become so bad, that I am finally going to get a hearing aid or a personal sound amplifier. My doctor said I would know when it was time, when I couldn't understand what people are saying to me (when in a crowd) that it affects my daily life and work. My family is telling me it's time. It's not that I didn't want one, but I didn't have $4,000-$5,000 for a pair.
I am definitely go to Sam's Club to see about their service, now that they are much more affordable than before!
I have noise problem only in my left ear when " I lie down to go to sleep " when I have the airconditioner or ceiling fan ON. During the day I have No Problem when I am working or moving around and the wind does not bother my left ear.
I have had tinnitus for 1 1/2 years. When it started, I didn't sleep for almost 3 weeks because of the high pitch sound, and wound up in the hospital. ENT could not do anything. Went to audiologist who fitted me with maskers (hearing aids that you can choose sounds, music, nature noises etc. with your phone or Ipad. So with that and behavioral counseling and antidepressants have been able to tolerate it. I am now having more quiet days. Have to stay busy. No magic cure. There are trials going on so hopefully they can find a cure.