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NBC News: Legislation Pushes For Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

May 23 2017

There are 48 million people with hearing loss in America, and up to 85 percent of people who could benefit from a hearing aid don't use one. To solve the problem, lawmakers are considering a less expensive, over-the-counter option.

Story aired May 22 on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

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Opening the market to over-the-counter hearing aids: Something Congress can agree on

May 18 2017

We are a nation divided:  Democrats versus Republicans, Red States versus Blue States. On countless major issues, consensus seems impossible.  But there is one thing that members of the Congress apparently can agree on: Hearing aids are too darned expensive.

Bill would make hearing aids available over the counter

May 18 2017

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire submitted this column to The Eagle-Tribune published on May 7, 2017:

Older Americans deserve a high quality of life, with opportunities to stay active and engaged. 

Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss can present obstacles to social interaction and challenges in daily life. When you experience hearing loss, everything from going to the movies to talking on the phone or chatting with loved ones can become a burden. And hearing loss is linked with negative health outcomes, including dementia. 

Survey on Hearing Aids

Apr 6 2017

Hearing aids are the primary clinical tool used for managing hearing loss. Feedback is needed regarding negative side effects of hearing aid use in adults. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.