Tuesday, June 08, 2010

HearUSA Introduces AARP Hearing Care Program for Americans Aged 50+ in Georgia Today

PRNewswire-- Designed to help millions of Americans aged 50+ who have hearing loss, the AARP Hearing Care program, provided by HearUSA (AMEX:EAR) , is being launched in Georgia today as part of a nationwide rollout.

While one in 10 Americans have hearing loss, it is older men and women who are much more likely to suffer from this life altering condition. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one in five adults 45-64 years old; one in three adults 65-74 years old; and half of all adults 75 years old or older have a hearing impairment.

The program being introduced today is provided by HearUSA, one of the nation's leading providers of hearing aids and hearing care.

Georgia residents are among the millions of 50+ Americans nationwide who will have access to the Hearing Care Program, which is exclusively for AARP members and available only through selected credentialed hearing healthcare providers.

"The program features more affordable state-of-the-art digital hearing aids that are also smaller, smarter and more comfortable than ever before," said Stephen Hansbrough, CEO and chairman of HearUSA.

Hansbrough added that the program offers uniform pricing and extended warranties on hearing aids and related products; thorough testing and evaluation; and all-important best practices hearing rehabilitation (acclimation guidance and support) that far exceed industry standards.

It is anticipated that, by 2011, the HearUSA nationwide network of approximately 3,500 credentialed hearing care providers will be available to AARP members in all 50 states and the US territories.

Following are the hard facts about hearing loss:

-- Loss of hearing is a serious life issue, a medical condition that is
associated with physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.

-- Among seniors, hearing loss is the most prevalent medical condition,
following arthritis and hypertension.

-- Ninety-five percent of all Americans with hearing loss can be treated
with hearing aids.

-- However, only one person in five who could benefit from hearing aids
uses them.

"This program has been designed to address the concerns and confusion that are preventing so many from receiving treatment for their hearing loss," said Dr. Cindy Beyer, audiologist and HearUSA senior vice president.

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