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Millions of people live with hearing loss. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate nearly 30 million Americans...

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How to talk to someone with hearing loss

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Millions of people live with hearing loss. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate nearly 30 million Americans could benefit from using a hearing aid. But, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 80% of them do not use one. (A trend we hope will reverse directions as we increase awareness about the significant health and economic benefits associated with better hearing.)

Therefore, it’s likely that you know someone who struggles to hear well (even if they don’t wear a hearing aid, and even if they won’t admit it). If we’re not careful, that can get in the way of our communication and even affect our relationship with them...

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