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Get Your Hearing Checked

One out of three (1 in 3) Americans over age 65 has a hearing problem. It is important to get your hearing checked. Your doctor may refer you to a hearing specialist.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cochlear Implants

This fact sheet describes what cochlear implants are, how they work, who gets them, and how someone receives them.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

NIHSeniorHealth : Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. This overview from the National Institutes of Health reviews causes, prevention, and treatment of hearing loss.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Buying a Hearing Aid

Find answers to common questions about buying a hearing aid. The article includes information on degrees of hearing loss, where to purchase hearing aids, cost and styles of hearing aids, what will happen at a hearing aid fitting, and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery

Fact Sheet: Childhood Hearing Screening

This fact sheet discusses childhood hearing screening, including when a child’s hearing should be tested, how screening is done, signs of hearing loss in children, and what happens if a child has a hearing loss.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery

Facts About Telecommunications Relay Services and National 711

This site offers an overview of telecommunications relay services (TRS) including a discussion of the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) and 711 access instructions.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids and Personal Assistive Technology

Learn about financial assistance that is available to those who need hearing aids and other personal assistive technology.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

Hearing Loss Association of America

Find a Hearing Instrument Specialist

Search for a International Hearing Society (IHS) specialist near you who can help you select the hearing aid or instrument that will provide optimal amplification for your individual hearing loss.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

International Hearing Society

Find a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist

ASHA offers two services on this web site to assist you in searching for a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Find an Audiologist

Audiologists evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. Find an audiologist in your area.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

American Academy of Audiology

Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?

Your baby should have a hearing screening within the first month of life. It's important to detect deafness or hearing loss as early as possible.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Hearing Aids

Find information about hearing aids, including getting a medical evaluation by an audiologist, available styles, special features, costs and health insurance.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Hearing Aids (NIDCD)

Answers questions about hearing aids including how hearing aids help, how they work, what to look for when purchasing a hearing aid, and how to take care of a hearing aid.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Hearing Instruments

The information on this page is about hearing instruments on how they enhance life, selecting hearing instruments, types of hearing instruments, and how to maintain hearing instruments.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

International Hearing Society

Hearing Loss and Older Adults

This fact sheets offers a checklist for hearing loss to help older adults determine if they should see a doctor, and discusses treatments and devices that can help.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Hearing Loss Prevention

Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States. Learn what you can do to protect your hearing.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Better Hearing Institute

Hearing Loss Treatment

People with hearing loss delay treatment may be unaware that receiving early treatment for hearing loss can transform their lives. Learn how hearing aids, assistive listening devices, hearing loss treatment professionals and counselors can offer you help.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Better Hearing Institute

Hearing Problems

This flow chart is designed to help direct you if hearing loss is a problem for you or a family member. You can check your symptoms to decide on self-care or getting professional help.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Hearing Test

This online hearing test evaluates one’s ability to hear in different circumstances. Find out if you may need help with your hearing.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

Sight and Hearing Association

How Loud Is Too Loud? Bookmark

Refer to this printable bookmark to learn which noises can cause damage to your hearing. Wear ear plugs when you are involved in a loud activity.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

NIHSeniorHealth: Hearing Loss - Frequently Asked Questions

This page links to frequently asked questions about hearing loss in older adults. Questions cover the types of hearing loss, the role noise plays in hearing loss, and more.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

When exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Learn what you can do to prevent hearing loss.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss- (PDF)

This site provides information for parents of children with hearing loss, including helpful information and resources, background on early intervention, the use of technology and other support available to children and their families.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

Clearinghouse on Disability Information, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Presbycusis

Presbycusis is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most individuals as they grow older. This document discusses causes and strategies to help people with presbycusis..

Review Date: December 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Search for a Board Certified Hearing Health Professional

Use the map or search by zip code to find a board certified hearing health professional near you.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences

Ten Ways To Recognize Hearing Loss

Take this online quiz to determine if you may have a hearing problem and need to have your hearing evaluated further by a medical professional.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Travel Tips for the Hearing Impaired

For the more than 20 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss, travel can pose particular challenges. Here are some helpful tips to make travel easier and more enjoyable for individuals with hearing impairments.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery

What Are Assistive Listening Devices or ALDs?

Learn what assistive listening devices are and how these devices can be used with or without a hearing aid to improve the daily communication challenges faced by the hard-of-hearing.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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