Hearing loss can be devastating. Losing such an important sense can leave a person feeling upset, helpless, isolated and depressed. Withdrawal from social activities often occurs, as the individual becomes more sensitive to his or her inability to communicate effectively. Once associated mainly with older adults and the elderly, hearing loss is affecting an increasingly younger portion of the population nowadays, thanks to the proliferation of personal music devices, ear buds and more exposure to loud noises. It is a problem that people of all ages should be aware of. Fortunately, advances in technology have led to a generation of hearing devices that are smaller, more comfortable to wear and offer clearer, more natural sound clarity. Today’s digital instruments will improve your ability to communicate and enhance your quality of life.