PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Designed to help millions of Americans aged 50+ who have untreated hearing loss, the AARP® Hearing Care program, provided by HearUSA will be launched in California today as the final phase of a nationwide rollout.
While one in 10 Americans has 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 (http://nihseniorhealth.gov/hearingloss/hearinglossdefined/01.html), 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, featuring hearing aid discounts and value added extras such as free warranties and batteries, is provided by HearUSA, (www.hearusa.com) one of the nation’s leading providers of hearing aids and hearing care. California residents will have access to the Hearing Care Program available exclusively to AARP members at hundreds of locations throughout the state. “In the past four years, HearUSA has provided over 25,000 hearing exams to AARP members and fitted over 20,000 hearing aids,” said Scott Klein, President and CEO of HearUSA. “The Hearing Care Program is very well received by AARP members and we are delighted to expand its availability to California residents. Hearing loss is an important issue for seniors, and while common, it’s often treatable and shouldn’t be accepted as part of the aging process.”
“Hearing loss is more than just an irritation or inconvenience,” adds Dr. Cindy Beyer, audiologist and Vice President of Professional Services at HearUSA. “Loss of hearing has been associated with a host of social, emotional and psychological conditions, including anxiety, depression, isolation and negativity. Importantly, recent research has established links with short term memory loss, confusion, and even dementia. Hearing loss can pose a significant risk to overall safety and well being and should not be ignored.” For additional information on hearing loss and adverse affects to health, visit these websites:
- Among seniors, hearing loss is the most prevalent medical condition, following arthritis and hypertension. (University of California, San Francisco – Department of Neurological Surgery; http://neurosurgery.ucsf.edu/index.php/brain_tumor_center_hearing_loss.)
- Ninety-five percent of all Americans with hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids (Better Hearing Institute; http://www.betterhearing.org/research/factoids.cfm)
- Hearing loss and dementia linked in study (Johns Hopkins Medicine; http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_and_dementia_linked_in_study)
- Hearing loss linked to three fold risk of falling (Johns Hopkins Medicine; http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_linked_to_three_fold_risk_of_falling)
For a detailed description of the HearUSA hearing care program for AARP members, please visit: http://www.hearusa.com/aarp.
HearUSA, Inc. provides hearing care through the HearUSA Hearing Care Network of 1,900 affiliated audiologists in 49 states and in more than 190 company-owned hearing care centers, all of which offer a large selection of state-of-the-art digital hearing aids. Hearing-related products, such as batteries, hearing aid accessories and assistive listening devices, are also available online at www.hearusa.com. HearUSA is proud to be the only hearing care provider awarded Health Network Accreditation from URAC, the accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. You may learn more about HearUSA on the HearUSA Expo Page on AudiologyOnline.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. AARP advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
ABOUT AARP SERVICES INC.
AARP Services, Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP’s millions of members. The provider offers currently span health products, financial products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, life insurance and annuities; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long term care insurance. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies.
Source: Business Wire