One in six adults has trouble hearing and the number increases dramatically with age, with hearing loss afflicting nearly half of people 75 and older. Yet the majority of Americans with hearing loss (about 75 percent) never go to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. As otolaryngologists—doctors who specialize in conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat—we find this to be an alarming number of people who could potentially benefit from hearing loss treatment.
Home is where the heart is, and the vast majority of seniors’ hearts are set on staying at home throughout the aging process, instead of moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home – as many as 90% of them, according to AARP. And who can blame them? The familiarity of comforting surroundings, the [...]