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Easy Listening: Hearing Devices for a Muffled World

Whether your taste is low-tech or wireless, plenty of gadgets can make hearing easier.

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Also, the high demand of Bluetooth in general is driving down the cost of the hearing aid, he adds. "Our ability to piggyback onto general consumer electronics (like Bluetooth) is lowering the cost to the patient."

Low-end assistive listening devices can be purchased at stores like Radio Shack and online, but the high-end wireless devices must be dispensed by an audiologist. Typically, assistive listening devices are not covered by insurance. Also, for people who can't afford amplified phones, it is possible in some states to obtain them from the local phone service provider.

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