Harvard Health Letter

Hearing loss: Time to get proactive

Millions may be suffering needlessly.

You're not alone if you have trouble hearing and you're not doing anything about it. An estimated 27 million Americans could benefit from the use of hearing aids but aren't currently using them, according to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers found that from 1999 to 2006, only 14% of adults 50 and older who needed a hearing aid actually used one.

"There's a stigma attached to wearing hearing aids, suggesting one is aging," says Dr. Robert Schreiber, a geriatrician and instructor at Harvard Medical School. "Accepting this fact is often difficult for some people."

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