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Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017

Author: Nicholas S. Reed, AuD   "Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people"  -- Helen Keller   The onset of hearing loss can impact the quality of life in older adults. Helping others with their hearing needs to improve overall quality of life is why I became a clinical audiologist. In 2015, I decided to change my path from a full-time clinician career to a…

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How many people have hearing loss in the United States?

Author: Adele Goman, Ph.D., Graphics: Mengru Liao, MA   Knowing how many people have hearing loss today is important for informing policy decisions and planning services to address hearing needs. In an article published in the American Journal of Public Health, we estimated the percentage of, and number of, individuals with hearing loss in the United States.   To estimate how many people have…

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Hearing Health Equity & Community-Based Approaches: Introductions

By Carrie Nieman, featuring Kevin DeMario   Hearing loss is common as we age but hearing aid use, the primary approach to managing hearing loss, is not. Nationally, only about 15-20% of older adults with hearing loss use hearing aids.  As with almost every other health condition in the United States, disparities in hearing health care exist based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic…

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The Third Era of Public Health - Hearing Matters...

Author: Dr. Frank Lin With the launch of the new website for the Cochlear Center, I thought it’d be a great time to talk about the broader picture for how a Center focused on hearing loss and aging fits into the broader schema of public health. Namely, when most people think of public health, topics such as preventing infectious diseases or reducing rates of cardiovascular disease generally come…

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