What do Presidents Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter have in common? Comedian Steve Martin and Rocker Huey Lewis are in the same rapidly growing club. So were singer Ray Charles and former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Reggie Williams.

All of them wear (or wore) hearing aids. They are part of our largest single disability population. Estimates of Americans who are deaf or have hearing impairments are around 26 million. Of those, 76 percent lost their hearing after the age of 19. One in five baby boomers and one in three people over 65 has hearing loss.

Information used from an article by Deborah Kendrick, a Cincinnati writer and advocate for people with disabilities.

If you suspect a hearing problem, get it checked out. Call 406-204-4205 for a free hearing screening.