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 The TAO of hearing

 SALT in details



  1. 1. About 800 million people around the world are affected by hearing loss. According to the forecasts of the World Health Organization, this number could rise even up to 1.1 billion. The proportion of the population suffering from this disease is getting younger all the time.
  2. 2. About a third of all people with hearing loss are of retirement age. The majority is of school or working age.
  3. Childhood deafness is a significant global issue, affecting more than 62 million children younger than 15 years old. Approximately two out of 1,000 babies suffer from hearing loss. Even mild hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, and social skills.
  4. The average price of a digital hearing aid is about $1500, with top-of-the-line devices costing $3000-$5000.
  5. Less than 10 percent of the global need is met through hearing aid production. About 1 out of 40 people needing hearing aids have them in developing countries
  6. On average, people with hearing loss wait almost 10 years before they do something about it.
  7. According to numerous surveys, nearly 50% of hearing impaired cite cost as a main reason for not using hearing aids.

SALT - Smart Assistive Listening Transceiver is a low cost companion hearing solution that will bring ultimate digital sound enhancement and connectivity to hearing aid users of all kinds and all countries. 

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