For Yotopoulos, director of the Mind Division of the Stanford Center on Longevity, this new normal was unacceptable. How could a man whose daughter was an expert on healthy aging be unable to address his hearing loss? Yotopoulos was well aware how common it is for aging adults to be afflicted with hearing loss; how rarely they get adequate treatment; and how vast the impact of untreated hearing loss can be on their health, mobility, finances and relationships.
With access to the Stanford Medicine physician-scientists who are making advances in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, Yotopoulos also knew that new solutions were within reach — not just for her dad, but for the millions of people who have hearing loss today or are projected to have it in the future.
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