“No Hearing Aid? Some Gizmos Offer Alternative to ‘Speak Up!’” – The New York Times

hearingJoyce Hesselberth

Paula Spahn | The New Old Age

“An estimated one zillion older people have a problem like mine.

“First: We notice age-related hearing loss. A much-anticipated report on hearing health from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine last month put the prevalence at more than 45 percent of those aged 70 to 74, and more than 80 percent among those over 85.

 “Then: We do little or nothing about it. Fewer than 20 percent of those with hearing loss use hearing aids.

“I’ve written before about the reasons. High prices ($2,500 and up for a decent hearing aid, and most people need two). Lack of Medicare reimbursement, because the original 1965 law creating Medicare prohibits coverage. Time and hassle. Stigma.

“Both the National Academies and the influential President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology have proposed pragmatic steps to make hearing technology more accessible and affordable.”

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