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Here's why elderly with hearing aids still report challenges

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

A study conducted by researchers at School of Public recently deduced that a high proportion of older people with hearing aids report having trouble hearing and difficulty accessing hearing The study finds that it is especially true for those individuals with lower incomes.

The researchers, who based their analysis on survey data, published their findings in the January issue of Affairs. They suggest that the expand and/or Medicaid coverage of hearing

Speaking about the study, Nicholas Reed, AuD, a member of the core faculty at the School's Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public said, "This study highlights the fact that hearing aids alone don't necessarily improve hearing--hearing are important too, but there are barriers that prevent many people from accessing those services."

While, in the U.S. alone, two-thirds of adults over the age of 70 experience and in consequence a reduced quality of life, most of them do not wear hearing aids.

The study found that the devices needed to fit them are specifically excluded from coverage.

Furthermore, the study found that 71 percent of hearing-aid users in the lowest income category reported not receiving hearing care services in the prior year, while only 58 per cent of the highest-income users reported accessing such services.

In conclusion, the researchers found that access to hearing care services to optimise and maintain hearing-aid function is limited, especially for lower-income group people.

They recommend that access be made easier by including hearing care services as a mandatory Medicaid benefit, or--preferably, since it would affect many more hearing-aid users--removing the exclusion of these services from the Medicare program.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:00 IST
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