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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids:  A New Option in Hearing Loss Treatment

The FDA recently finalized regulations that apply to the new over the counter (OTC) hearing aid category.  These devices become available for purchase on October 17, 2022. The purpose of the OTC category was to increase access and lower the cost of getting hearing help.  Because studies show a link between untreated hearing loss and falls, loneliness, and cognitive decline …

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How to Encourage a Loved One To Seek Help For Their Hearing Loss

The impact of a hearing loss is a far greater reality than most people realize.   Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with loved ones by increasing frustration and tension, while decreasing communication, and shared activities such as TV, etc. Those with hearing loss often become a spectator in group conversations and they don’t always see the connection between …

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Hearing Loss & Healthy Aging

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States.  It is more prevalent than diabetes or cancer.  Because hearing decline tends to be gradual, it can be more difficult to notice.  With no outward symptoms, hearing loss has long been a “hidden” medical issue.  As it progresses, patients note that speech becomes muffled and unclear.  …