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Novel technologies to help people with hearing loss  

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Yi Hu holds a prototype of the hearing device he developed for the over-the-counter hearing device market. The FDA is expected to issue guidelines for approval of OTC devices soon.

Cost may prevent many people who need a hearing aid from getting one. Those with hearing aids get relief, but it may not be a cure-all. Basic Medicare does not cover the devices, a situation that has caused hearing health-care inequity for lower-income and rural residents. Untreated hearing loss can be serious because it’s associated with dementia, depression, falls and social isolation.

On this episode of Curious Campus, we talk with two experts about novel technologies that can help people hear better. Yi Hu is an associate professor of electrical engineering at UWM. Juliette Sterkens is a retired audiologist and the national advocate of “hearing loops” for the Hearing Loss Association of America.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee produces the <i>UWM Chancellor’s Report</i> and <i>Curious Campus</i>, a show about science, discovery and culture.