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... Head: HEARING Hearing Loss Hearing Loss Introduction Based on statistical reports, the U.S. economy incurs$56 billion loss in medical care, special education, and productivity due to untreated hearing loss (NAAS, 1999). Over 10 million Americans reported that they experience difficulty in hearing conversation at normal levels. Four million of this populace has age over 65 years and six millions are below the age of 65. People who suffer from hearing loss usually report withdrawal from social activities, signs of depression, functional health reduction, and life dissatisfaction. Hence, hearing loss can have a major impact on one’s physical, social, and emotional well-being. This paper explores the...