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Hearing Aid Sticker Shock? Here's Why Millions Of Americans Can't Afford To Hear Better

More than three-quarters of Americans older than 60 have some kind of hearing loss. But only a fraction use technology that would help them.
Hearing aids are expensive, and they're not covered by Medicare or many private insurance plans. (Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

More than three-quarters of Americans older than 60 have some kind of hearing loss, but only a fraction use technology that would help them talk on the phone or understand a conversation at dinner.

Hearing aids are expensive, and they’re not covered by Medicare or many private insurance plans.

“I’m not sure people realize how expensive they are,” says Betty Hauck, 72, whose hearing aids

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