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More over-the-counter hearing aids on the way

In August 2017, Congress and the president approved the Over–the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, which gives the FDA three years to establish an over-the-counter hearing aid category and develop safety and labeling rules for the devices. More »

Keep on driving

An older man’s health tends to go downhill after he loses the ability to drive. Driving keeps men more independent and increases their ability to socialize, visit the doctor, or go exercise. The best ways to ensure men stay behind the wheel is to sharpen certain physical and cognitive skills, as well as reviewing other aspects that affect driving ability, such as medication side effects and car accessories. (Locked) More »

Should you consider a low-cost hearing-aid alternative?

The FDA no longer enforces the requirement for getting a hearing test before purchasing a hearing aid. However, while nonprescription FDA-cleared hearing aids aren’t available yet, a variety of personal sound amplification products are, and they may be good alternatives for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. (Locked) More »

Take steps to protect your hearing now

It appears that hearing loss among adults 20 or older in the United States will go from about 44 million in 2020 to almost 74 million in 2060, with the greatest increases among older adults. More »

Easier access to hearing aids

The FDA announced in December 2016 that it would no longer enforce the requirement that adults receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver prior to purchasing most hearing aids. More »

What is holding you back from better hearing?

People avoid hearings test for many reasons, such as believing that hearing aids are for old people, or that problems are the result of other people mumbling. Understanding the realities of such concerns can help people make better decisions about whether to seek help. For example, someone who believes that hearing aids are ugly may not realize that today’s hearing aids are smaller than those of the past and that the devices are available in many different styles, such as in-the-ear and over-the-ear. (Locked) More »

Now hear this: You may need hearing aids

Some estimates suggest that by age 65, about one-third of men need hearing aids; however, only half of this group wear them. Many men resist hearing aids because they symbolize declining health, but these tiny devices can improve their communication skills, their relationships, and even their brain function.  (Locked) More »

Are you missing early warning signs of hearing loss?

When a person has hearing loss, the person’s spouse or partner may notice the problem first. Early warning signs include asking people to repeat themselves, thinking everyone is mumbling, and missing important sounds like alarms and doorbells. People who have such early warning signs may need a physical exam and a hearing test. For some people, a hearing aid will improve hearing. Many hearing aids now feature high-tech options, such as digital sound that can be programmed and adjusted using a smartphone, and the ability to wirelessly connect a hearing aid to a smartphone for calls. (Locked) More »