Hearing loss is common among older adults, and those with hearing loss have greater levels of health care use and are more likely to have dementia.1,2 However, cross-sectional, nationally representative data from the 1999 through 2006 cycles of the National Health Examination and Nutrition Study suggest that fewer than 20% of adults with hearing loss in the US report hearing aid use.3 High cost, poor access, and stigma have previously been reported as barriers to hearing aid uptake in the US.4 To date, most estimates of hearing aid use in the US are cross-sectional, and there is a paucity of studies examining trends in hearing aid ownership in nationally representative longitudinal data sets.
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Reed NS, Garcia-Morales E, Willink A. Trends in Hearing Aid Ownership Among Older Adults in the United States From 2011 to 2018. JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(3):383–385. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.5682
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