I hate to burden you airlines with another complaint, but really, can't you do just a few things to make life easier for travelers with hearing loss? I hope you realize that we represent one in five of your customers. Of the 50 million Americans with hearing loss, quite a few end up on your airplanes.
Dining out at a restaurant can be problematic these days. Noise levels have grown, tables are stacked closer and closer together, and glass and hardwood are all the rage for decor, leaving even less cushioning or carpet behind for sound absorption. Layer hearing loss on top of all this, and dining out can be quite a challenge.
It's unfortunate, but millions of Americans with hearing loss don't get hearing aids because they simply can't afford them. Hearing aids -- typically sold through audiologists' offices -- are expensive, usually costing between $1,000 to $3,500 per ear. What's more, traditional Medicare doesn't cover them and private insurance typically hasn't either.