Roughly 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some hearing loss, and researchers at Johns Hopkins recently determined that the rates may nearly double by the year 2060. And yet, according to Dr. Frank Lin, director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at Johns Hopkins, only about 20% of adults who have hearing loss actually use a hearing aid, due to cost (the majority of insurance companies don't cover hearing aids), medical consultations needed, or embarrassment over wearing them.
But hearing aids have gotten smaller over the decades, technology has improved, and when the recently-signed Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act goes into effect, consumers will have new ways to access devices aimed at improving their hearing.
Information on Hearing Loss
- Hearing Loss Association of America
- Hearing loss symptoms and causes (from the Mayo Clinic)
- Hearing loss: A common problem for older adults (from National Institute on Aging)
- Hearing loss and older adults (from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
- Hearing loss (from WebMD)
- Hearing disorders and deafness (from NIH/U.S. National Library of Medicine)
- Hearing loss in children (from Centers for Disease Control and PreventIon)
- What is tinnitus? (from American Academy of Otolyaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)
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- About hearing aid devices (from Hearing Loss Association of America)
- Cochlear implants and other implantable devices (from Hearing Loss Association of America)
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Information on Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)
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