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Opening the market to over-the-counter hearing aids: Something Congress can agree on

May 18 2017

We are a nation divided:  Democrats versus Republicans, Red States versus Blue States. On countless major issues, consensus seems impossible.  But there is one thing that members of the Congress apparently can agree on: Hearing aids are too darned expensive.

Bill would make hearing aids available over the counter

May 18 2017

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire submitted this column to The Eagle-Tribune published on May 7, 2017:

Older Americans deserve a high quality of life, with opportunities to stay active and engaged. 

Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss can present obstacles to social interaction and challenges in daily life. When you experience hearing loss, everything from going to the movies to talking on the phone or chatting with loved ones can become a burden. And hearing loss is linked with negative health outcomes, including dementia. 

Survey on Hearing Aids

Apr 6 2017

Hearing aids are the primary clinical tool used for managing hearing loss. Feedback is needed regarding negative side effects of hearing aid use in adults. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Great News for New Yorkers with Hearing Loss

Mar 27 2017

The New York City Council passed an important bill supporting access to public spaces for people with hearing loss.

Intro 882-A, sponsored by Council Member Helen Rosenthal of Manhattan, provides for the installation of hearing loops in City-funded capital projects with an estimated construction cost of $950,000 or more. This includes new construction and renovation, and means that close to 300 projects will be looped across New York City, according to City Council Member Rosenthal’s press release.

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