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Hearing Loss Presents a Significant Challenge for Rising Number of Caregivers
Date:11/12/2008

n average of four to five times per week and three to four times per month respectively.

According to caregivers of those who wear hearing aids, on average, batteries are replaced about once per week; maintenance is performed four times a year; and the hearing aid is replaced about once a year. Additionally, among hearing aid wearers cared for by those surveyed, more than half have lost or damaged a hearing aid-which can cost thousands of dollars.

With more than 55 million Americans suffering from hearing loss but only one in five currently seeking a solution, Songbird Hearing is attempting to make hearing aids more accessible to those who have previously avoided dealing with the problem due to concerns about cost or inconvenience. The company manufactures disposable, digital hearing aids that can be affordably purchased online-either by hearing loss sufferers or those caring for them.

"Being able to purchase a hearing aid for someone other than yourself is a new concept for most people," said Chris DiCostanzo, president and CEO of Songbird Hearing. "That is why it was so important for us to fully understand the challenges caregivers face on a daily basis. This survey confirmed, as we expected, that caregivers are juggling numerous responsibilities and that their jobs are made even more difficult when hearing loss is an issue."

The surveyed also confirmed that it is often the caregiver who first notices a person's hearing problem. Some of the signs survey respondents have encountered include:

-- Needing people to repeat themselves

-- Turning up the volume on the TV or radio

-- Responding inappropriately to questions

-- Thinking people are mumbling

-- Having trouble hearing women and children

-- Avoiding social situations

Despite these signs, and related conversations with the caregivers Songbird Hearing surveyed, 72 percent of those showing signs of hearing loss are not addressing the pro
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SOURCE Songbird Hearing, Inc.
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