Residents of Massachusetts are among the first in the nation to be eligible for the AARP Hearing Care program, provided by HearUSA, though eventually the program will be available nationwide for retirement living seniors.
One in 10 Americans experiences hearing loss, but the National Institute of Health suggests that approximately one in five adults between the ages of 45 and 64 experience hearing loss, and the percentage of the population that is hearing impaired will only increase with age.
Though hearing loss is very common, many Americans might not seek out a solution to the problem because of the expense of hearing aids. However, this new initiative will make affordable hearing aids available to patients over the age of 50.
"The program features more affordable state-of-the-art digital hearing aids that are also smaller, smarter and more comfortable than ever before," said Stephen Hansbrough, CEO and chairman of HearUSA.
The program will be beneficial to many individuals, as 95 percent of all cases of hearing loss can be improved with a hearing aid.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, it is recommended that adults have their hearing screened at least once every ten years until the age of 50, at which time they should be evaluated once every three years.