In many states, hearing loss coverage is not a required part of standard health insurance. CNN’s article, “Hearing Loss an ‘Invisible,’ and Widely Uninsured, Problem,” explains how this impacts Americans:
“If hearing loss were officially considered a disability, it would rank as the largest disability class in the country. Some 37 million people suffer from hearing loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that number will only grow as the population ages.
“Yet most private medical insurance doesn’t cover the cost of hearing aids. While the Department of Veterans Affairs often pays for them, in most cases Medicare, which covers many more people, does not.”
Read the full article at CNN.com
The dangers to children of secondhand smoke have long been known. Since 1964, numerous U.S. Surgeon General’s reports have made clear the health issues linked to tobacco and secondhand smoke in children.
According to the American Cancer Society, “children’s growing bodies are especially sensitive to the poisons in secondhand smoke. Asthma, lung infections and ear infections are more common in children who are around smokers.” Read More
Most individuals who use hearing aids or cochlear implants will tell you that while their devices can be extremely helpful in hearing one or several speakers at close range, they can be less successful at deciphering what’s being said over an airport’s public address system, in a large chapel during a church service or even at a ticket-seller’s window.
“Hearing Loops” are changing that, by making most hearing aids and cochlear implants also function as customized wireless loudspeakers. Loops transmit sound clearly and directly into the hearing device, with zero background noise.
Consumer advocates are working with the Hearing Loss Association of America and the American Academy of Audiology to let more people know about hearing loops and have more loops installed in public places around the country. Read More