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Consumer Reports Covers Hearing Aids & Hearing Protection

The July 2009 issue of Consumer Reports (CR) includes an article entitled Hear Well in a Noisy World that covers hearing aids, hearing protection and the process of shopping for hearing aids. The article can be accessed at:
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/healthy-living/home-medical-supplies/hearing/hearing-aids/overview/hearing-aids-ov.htm

The article was based upon following 12 patients for six months as they shopped for hearing aids, a national survey conducted by CR of 1,100 hearing aid consumers, and actual testing of the features of 44 hearing aids.

Among CR’s conclusions were that 73% of survey respondents were “highly satisfied” with their aids, although two-thirds of the consumers’ aids were misfit, amplifying either too little or too much.

Advice from CR for consumers purchasing hearing aids include: choosing a good provider (“a critical first step”); allowing time to adjust to new aids; getting educated about products; obtaining a comprehensive evaluation including real-ear measure verification of fit; and following up with the provider after fitting. The article also includes information about hearing aid styles, nonprescription (noncustomized, online) hearing aids, and information about hearing protection.

The July 2009 issue is available now on newsstands or can be purchased online at: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm

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