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Do You Need A Hearing Aid?

Dealing with hearing loss

Loud music, loud cars, and generally noisy lifestyles are leading to hearing loss among baby boomers, 16 million of which are already dealing with some degree of hearing loss. And the situation is getting worse all the time.

Celebrities who are affected by hearing loss include former President Bill Clinton, Steve Martin, William Shatner, Barbara Streisand, and David Letterman. 

If your family members are always asking you to lower the volume on the TV or if you have difficulty hearing conversations going on around you, you may have some degree of hearing loss.

"You should make an appointment with an audiologist to have your hearing checked and see if you need a hearing aid,” says James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who is the director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. 

Hearing loss has primarily been associated with aging in the past, but the real culprit is excessive noise. Many baby boomers have led lifestyles that have left them with hearing loss.

With today’s fast-paced lifestyles, hearing loss is a matter of personal safety, not just an inconvenience. Feelings of isolation and depression are common among those with progressive hearing loss. 

“We live in an increasingly noisy society,” says Battey. “From loud traffic and lawn tools to loud music, it seems people are constantly subjecting themselves to excessive levels of noise.” 

If you already have some hearing loss, it’s too late to reverse it. But there are definitely steps you can take to prevent it from getting any worse. Dr. Battey recommends you start wearing earplugs when using loud equipment or attending loud concerts. 

If your hearing loss is already pretty severe, you may need to be fitted for a hearing aid. Before deciding which hearing aid company to buy from, do a little research. The factors Dr. Battey says you should consider are capability, price, feedback control, and a good warranty. 

These are exactly the factors that one hearing aid manufacturer designed its latest hearing aid around. When it comes to a warranty, most hearing aid companies offer a one, maybe two year warranty on repairs.

“We’ve decided to offer something even better,” says Pete Lavelle, Product Manager at Minnesota-based Interton, a leading hearing aid company. Interon’s new IQ digital hearing aid comes with a three year warranty and technology guarantee. “Meaning that when a better microchip is developed, the owners will be able to upgrade their hearing aids for free,” says Lavelle. 

The extra long warranty isn’t the only benefit provided by the IQ hearing aid. You'll also get three years of free hearing aid batteries, a hearing aid dryer, and wax protection replacements (devices that protect the hearing aid components by preventing the build up of ear-wax).

At this time, no other hearing aid manufacturer offer so much at a price equal to or below Interton’s for a similar high-tech, high-end hearing aid.

To learn more about the IQ hearing aids, visit www.interton-usa.com.

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