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14 Things to Know When Buying a Hearing Aid


Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.  For adults, the most common causes of hearing loss are noise and aging. In age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, changes in the inner ear that happen as you get older cause a slow but steady hearing loss. The loss may be mild or severe.  It is always permanent.  Tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) will often accompany the hearing loss and may be just as debilitating as the hearing loss itself.  

Some facts about hearing loss in the U.S.:

  • About 20 percent of adults in the United States, some 48 million people, report some degree of hearing loss
  • Approximately 12% of Americans, or 38 million people, have a significant hearing loss
  • At age 65 or over, 30-40% of people have some type of hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 50 million people in the United States.

Hearing aids can make dramatic improvements in hearing for most people with hearing loss.  If you’re thinking it might be time to get a hearing aid but are hesitating, here are some important considerations to see if you may benefit from hearing aids, and before becoming a hearing aid user.  



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