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Four out of five older Americans with canada goose black friday sale hearing loss just ignore it, in part because a hearing aid is an unwelcome sign of aging. But what if hearing aids looked like stylish fashion accessories and could be bought at your local pharmacy like reading canada goose uk outlet glasses?

canada goose coats That’s the vision of Kristen “KR” Liu, who’s the director canada goose clearance sale of accessibility and advocacy for Doppler Labs, a company marketing one of these devices. She thinks a hearing aid could be “something that’s hip and cool and people have multiple pairs and it’s canada goose uk shop fashionable.”

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canadian goose jacket PSAPs can only be marketed as sound amplifiers for people with normal hearing who want to make things louder, like music or the sounds of birds chirping. Hearing loss advocates believe this means people with https://www.canadagooseoutlet4sale.com mild to moderate hearing loss who could benefit cheap Canada Goose from the devices don’t know about them. There are dozens of the devices on the market, but their quality varies wildly, as an analysis of 11 of them last year for hearing care professionals shows. And there’s no easy way for potential purchasers to figure out which work best.

Canada Goose Jackets The Hearing Loss Association of America, a consumer group, wants Congress to create a new category of aids for people with mild to moderate hearing loss by passing the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. (People with severe hearing loss would still need to be seen by a medical professional.) The bill would direct the FDA to come up with safety and effectiveness standards for these new hearing aids.

Canada Goose Outlet The canada goose coats on sale FDA is already moving in that direction, and in December said it would no longer require adults to be medically evaluated before buying a hearing aid. Proponents Canada Goose Coats On Sale of direct to consumer sales hope congressional action would get the FDA moving faster. A 2016 report from the National Academies of Sciences also endorsed allowing over the counter sales.

Canada Goose sale This could be life changing for people with hearing loss, says Richard Einhorn, a composer of modern classical music who is on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

cheap Canada Goose Early one Canada Goose Outlet morning in 2010, he uk canada goose woke up with his ears ringing a loud, piercing hiss. “I hit the panic button,” Einhorn says. “I jumped out of bed and immediately fell over onto the floor.”

canada goose deals An inner canada goose factory sale ear infection, likely a virus, had caused him to lose his balance. He went deaf in his right ear. He already had some hearing loss in his left ear. His hearing aids cost $5,000 and were not covered by insurance.

buy canada goose jacket cheap “I’m a composer, for goodness sake,” Einhorn says. “This is not an easy cheap canada goose uk purchase to scrounge up the money for.”

buy canada goose jacket Opening up the hearing aid market would foster competition and drive prices down, says Einhorn.

canada goose It would also encourage companies to come up with new and better products, says Liu. canada goose coats She envisions a future that solves one of the biggest problems for many people hearing in a noisy environment, like Canada Goose sale a party or a busy restaurant. She wants a hearing aid that would automatically adjust to different sound environments, so she could hear the person talking to her and not the background distraction.

canada goose store “Nothing like that exists today,” Liu says. “But I very Canada Goose online much see something like that down the road.”

canada goose coats on sale Some audio specialists support rolling back regulations, Canada Goose Online while others are skeptical.

Hearing loss is complex, says Neil DiSarno, chief staff officer for audiology at the American Speech Language Hearing Association. This makes it difficult for consumers to “self evaluate, self treat and self monitor,” he says. If people buy their hearing aids directly over the counter, they’ll miss out on all the skills audiologists can teach them, like how to lip read and how to distinguish high frequency sounds, he says.

Canada Goose online The market for canadian goose jacket over the counter hearing aids could be huge. More than 35 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. And for older Americans, not dealing with the problem can have a big impact on age related cognitive decline, says Dr. Frank Lin, associate professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lin has done Canada Goose Jackets studies looking at the link between hearing loss and cognitive decline.

“The greater the hearing loss, the greater the risk of loss of thinking and memory abilities over time,” he says, which can lead to feelings of insecurity and social isolation a known risk factor for dementia.

canada goose black friday sale Lin says his findings should serve as a “wake up call” for policymakers. If people have easier access to more affordable hearing aids, he says, canada goose that could lead to benefits that go far beyond hearing.

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