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Listen Up: Get a Handle on Hearing Loss

Listen Up: Get a Handle on Hearing Loss

(NewsUSA)- If you're constantly straining to hear a conversation at the office or turning up the volume when watching television, there's a good chance you are one of many Americans with a serious but common problem -; hearing loss.
Losing your hearing can occur for a number of reasons, including frequent exposure to decibel levels that are not safely tolerable for human hearing. But for those who simply lose their hearing slowly as they age -; a condition known as "presbycusis" -; the loss of hearing may run in the family and gradually prevent the sufferer from hearing higher frequencies that are found in everyday life.
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), hearing loss has become the nation's number-one disability. And the problem, which affects one out of every three people older than 60 and half of those over 85, doesn't seem to be dwindling. In fact, the HLAA has predicted that by the year 2050, the number of hearing-impaired Americans will have surpassed the rate at which the U.S. population is growing -; making the need for products that assist individuals with hearing loss much more valuable.
There are many helpful devices on the market today that can help increase the enjoyment of activities hindered by hearing loss. While it's a common pastime for people of all ages, many older Americans are unsatisfied when trying to enjoy television -; due to muffled dialog that can make a favorite program unwatchable. To combat this problem, listening devices such as the Original Dialogue Speaker, sold exclusively by firstSTREET, give hearing-impaired Americans an added listening boost when relaxing in front of the TV. Using a specially designed internal amplifier, the Original Dialogue Speaker heightens the dialog level in any television program or movie being watched. By boosting the specific frequency associated with speech, the overall volume can also be kept lower -; making life easier for others in the room unaffected by hearing problems. For more information on the Original Dialogue Speaker, visit or call 866-681-7107.

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