Panel: Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be a pricey hassle


WASHINGTON (AP) - Treating hearing loss shouldn't be such a pricey hassle. That's the message from a prestigious government advisory group that's calling on Medicare and other agencies to find ways to make better hearing more affordable and accessible for millions of older Americans.

One proposal: Allow over-the-counter sales of simple devices for mild hearing problems as an alternative to full hearing aids - much like consumers with vision problems today choose between drugstore reading glasses or prescription bifocals.

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