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Two out of three folks over age 70 have bother listening to, however solely about 20% of adults who’ve listening to loss really use a listening to assist, for essentially the most half due to prices associated to the units themselves and to testing and consultations with a physician or audiologist. David Pogue checks out the newest advances in listening to assist know-how which have diminished dimension and added distinctive options, and finds out what adjustments customers can anticipate after Congress handed a invoice permitting listening to aids to be offered over-the-counter. (Initially broadcast September 30, 2018.)

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  • Medicaid covered 100% of my hearing aid cost. Didnt have to pay anything, took hearing test, now my hearing aids are on the way.

  • Honestly, it's unbelievably crazy how there's an invention that can help you hear if you're incapable to. It makes me wonder what type of inventions we'll have later as the generations evolve. I'm totally interested!

  • This lady knows nothing. She should be home doing nothing. This show has went to the trash with her.

  • I can already see it...when my hearing goes my hearing goes...aint no way im gonna be able to afford $4700.

  • My hub tried those things that aren’t real hearing aids and he said it sounds like people are talking through a can! How about doing hearing aides online? You can do your own ear mould. Send the stuff in the mail and teach people how to take impressions of their own ears. Husband is so hard of hearing he has to turn the volume full blast on the TV. He wears headphones because I can hardly stand TV anyway. To have it blasting loud is unbearable. I joke and tell people he doesn’t need a seeing eye dog but he does need a hearing ear wife! I should get the $4700.

  • Some health insurance plans do cover hearing aids. I am getting a pair of hearing aids costing $6,000, and my insurance pays one third of that, even though its not the insurance company's preferred brand of hearing aid.

  • In ear communications..... lol on the podium... "say this"... T accused B of it... lol

  • Dr. Frank Lin (John Hopkins) (@~6:10) is working for common good to reduce cost for users. But Chris McCormick Starkey, (@~8:50) chief marketing guy will do/say whatever to protect the hearing aid exclusivity: "concern is people trying to self diagnose, people trying to self program." That's bull.
    With apps available for self hearing tests, the programming can easily be set via Bluetooth: fit the device, listen for a very quiet a tone at a first frequency, if not heard, incrementally increase the level of tone until you hear it. Increase frequency to next tone, repeat. When complete the system can store the program to adjust the frequency response to compensate for you personal loss. Just like in the audiologist office. Voila 2/3 of cost eliminated. If curious, search apps for sound analysis & you'll find many apps. The trick is to couple the app to the psap transducers/amps that play the tones so that the result is a closed loop that becomes a closed loop with your personal hearing. Similarly, noise cancellation tech is already available & used in consumer products.