There is an age old adage that says, "silence is golden" but some 20 million Americans who currently deal with a certain amount of hearing loss, are hopeful they won't find that out. However, due to technological advances in modern hearing amplification devices, many patients are able to improve their hearing enough to enjoy the sounds of life. Due to the credibility a former president of America provided them, it's more acceptable to wear hearing aids. It started when this former president was seen wearing one of the new "ear canal" hearing aids. He also openly discussed the fact he had hearing difficulties.
There is an estimated 20 million Americans with hearing problems, out of this number only around 12% actually use hearing aids. According to a well-known audiologist the majority of people who realize they have a loss in hearing will usually go five years with it before they do anything about it. Hearing aids have a stigma attached to them that make them undesirable. A lot of people equate hearing aids as heavy, uncomfortable devices, as well as a sign of getting older.