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Are There Cheaper Alternatives to Hearing Aids?

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  • Nearly 48 million Americans and 360 million worldwide experience some hearing loss; only 20 percent of Americans use hearing aids as the cost may be out of reach and is not covered by traditional Medicare or many private insurance companies
  • Recent research demonstrates some over-the-counter amplifiers may improve your ability to hear and accurately understand the spoken word if you suffer mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Hearing loss is associated with significant medical conditions, including dementia or early death; using nutritional support and preventive techniques you may reduce your risk of hearing loss

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly 20 percent of Americans, or 48 million people, report having some degree of hearing loss. After age 65 that percentage continues to rise as age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss. Almost 15 percent of school-age children also have some degree of hearing loss. While hearing loss affects millions, it is an invisible condition, often creating a barrier between the sufferer and society.


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