Presented by Experts on Camera from SciLine: Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
May is Better Hearing Month—and after a recent federal rule change, hearing aids can now be purchased over the counter.
Dr. Nicholas Reed is an audiologist and assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He can discuss topics including:
–Risk factors for hearing loss;
–Statistics on hearing loss, including the prevalence of hearing loss and hearing aid use;
–Access and affordability barriers to hearing care;
–Health (e.g., dementia, physical function, cognitive decline) and social (e.g., loneliness, social isolation, quality of life) problems associated with untreated hearing loss, particularly among older adults;
–The current science on the benefits of treating hearing loss;
–Who can benefit from over-the-counter hearing aids—and what first-time buyers should consider before making a purchase; and
–Recent policy initiatives to include coverage of hearing care under Medicare.
Availability: Wednesday, May 17 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. MT
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