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CAP Presidential Trivia

If you guessed Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, you would be correct. During their tenures in the Oval Office, both Presidents required hearing aids after experiencing difficulties hearing high-pitched noises. According to the New York Times, President Reagan’s hearing problems began in the 1930s after a pistol was fired near his ear on a movie set. President Clinton’s hearing loss, on the other hand, is both a result from playing in a band and aging. The hearing loss experienced by both Presidents is not uncommon. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 15 percent of American adults report trouble hearing and 28.8 million American adults “could benefit from using aids.”

While the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) does not provide hearing aids, deaf and hard of hearing accommodations provided by CAP can work with various hearing aid models and even assist individuals who may not wear hearing aids. CAP created a video to highlight the various assistive listening devices available to customers which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpoZBrI4P7w.

To learn more about how CAP can help you, please visit www.cap.mil.

Resources used for this article include:

https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing#3

http://www.nytimes.com/1983/09/08/us/reagan-begins-to-wear-a-hearing-aid-in-public.html

http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/04/news/mn-39089