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Hearing Aids

How to Save on Hearing Aids

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.21.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

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.

Reclaiming A Musical Life After Decades Of Hearing Loss

Stu Nunnery | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Stu Nunnery

Original illustration by Jake Reeves. I have been on a musical journey since I was four years old -- a journey that ended precipitously in my l...

The Hearing Aids I've Grown To Love

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Kathy Gottberg

While most people have a gradual decline in volume as they age, my hearing loss is more like a 'cookie bite.' I can hear highs and lows, but it's all the middle-ranges that disappear on me. Now I know why I thought so many people were mumbling.

Silence Isn't Golden: The Case for Expanding Medicare

Max Richtman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

As our nation marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare in 2015, the time is now to expand the Medicare program starting with coverage of hearing aids.

The Wonderful Way One Mom Is Empowering Kids With Hearing Loss

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

A U.K. mom has figured out a simple way to make hearing aids and cochlear implants fun and empowering for children. Sarah Ivermee's 4-year-old so...

Medicare Should Cover Hearing Aids

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bobbie Brinegar

This year, as Medicare turns 50, it's a good time to look back on its half-century of success in providing access to health care for hundreds of millions of older Americans. It's also a good time to look forward at ways we can strengthen this essential program for generations to come.

Who Are the Role Models Since Helen Keller?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

South Africa's Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet where are all the great leaders championing access for people with hearing loss?

How Mobile Phone Compatible Hearing Aids Are Creating A New Market For 'Hearables'

Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D.

Today's hearing systems allows users to connect with their families, to enjoy sounds in all listening environments and live their lives uninterrupted by hearing loss. Advancements in technology help make this happen.

Baby Hears For The Very First Time. His Face Says It All.

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents

When baby Lachlan was 7 weeks old, he was fitted with his very first hearing aid. His reaction? Pure magic. "When they turned the headphones o...

Deafness Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Lydia L. Callis

Instead of dictating how young deaf people should live their lives, parents can work together with their child to find the most comfortable way of adapting.

WATCH: The Amazing Moment Bill Clinton Witnessed In Bogota

OWN | Posted 07.18.2014 | OWN

Yuly, an 18-year old woman in Colombia, has never heard a sound. She's never experienced her mother's voice, the chatter of her family or the noises o...

Old People Are a Menace

Stacey Graham | Posted 08.10.2014 | Comedy
Stacey Graham

There. I said it. My parents are in their mid-70s, one with advancing Parkinson's Disease but doing well and the other regularly lifted 80 lbs of chi...

How The iPhone Is Changing The Way We Hear

Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2014 | Technology
Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D.

Breakthroughs in technology and miniaturization have the potential to reduce hesitation and eliminate remaining stigma around the use of hearing instruments by incorporating high-quality sound with unique capabilities in a tiny package.

The Medical Intervention That Packs The Most Powerful Punch

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.24.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

A month ago, we went to the most expensive Bat Mitzvah celebration I ever attended. It was expensive -- for us -- because somewhere in the middle of a Grand Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, my husband lost one of his hearing aids.

Few With Hearing Problems Actually Use Hearing Aids, British Study Shows

Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nancy Maleki If you find yourself frequently asking others to repeat themselves, you may be among the many people with hearing issues. Rese...

Somewhat Deaf and Completely Scared

Doug Zeigler | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Zeigler

At the behest of my wife, I went for a hearing test to determine how much hearing loss I had... with her accompanying me. I'm not ashamed to say (now) that scared the shit out of me. In this weird panic, I was worried she'd see how bad it is was and say, "Screw this!" and leave me.

Don't Hate Me Because I Can't Hear You

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Fifty
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

Maybe people assume hearing loss is just a minor indignity of age, on par with getting reading glasses, or perhaps because one can't tell what the hearing-impaired are missing, it's easy to get frustrated with them, and harder to be sympathetic.

10 Common Noises That Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Jennifer Gehlen and Sara Schwartz | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM One in seven people between the ages of 45 and 64 have hearing loss — are you taking the proper precautions to prot...

The Life Out Loud: Listen With Your Heart (and Your Ears)

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.15.2013 | Small Business
MeiMei Fox

"Someone told me way back when, 'Show me your friends, and I'll show you your future.' So first, surround yourself with people who are doing what they love, pursuing their passions."

How to Shop for a Hearing Aid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.15.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

With so many choices and options available today, shopping for a hearing aid that meets your needs, lifestyle and budget can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help you locate a good hearing aid provider and choose an appropriate aid.

Hearing Loss and Denial

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 02.04.2013 | Fifty
Ruth Neubauer

I've never been vain. I haven't "done anything" to my face or neck. I'm not happy about it, but I see the changes. That's really all I need to say about it. But a hearing aid? Are you kidding me?

Why Medicare Should Pay For Hearing Aids

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.23.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My husband's hearing aids set us back $4,000, which means we will be making budget sacrifices to pay for them, because Medicare doesn't cover them. To spend that much out of pocket was a big deal for us. But to be able to talk to the man I love, an even bigger one.

Deaf Teen Hears Again After Years Of Silence (VIDEO)

Posted 10.16.2012 | Teen

Stephanie Montalvo has grown up being unable to listen to listen to music or hear the sound of laughter -- the 15-year-old has been legally deaf since...

How to Find Help Paying for Your Hearing Aid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any resources or programs that help seniors with the high cost of hearing aids?

Americans Are Paying Way Too Much For Hearing Aids

Sam Tanzer | Posted 08.06.2012 | Small Business
Sam Tanzer

The healthcare industry is failing to address a massive, treatable epidemic.