Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
It's estimated that one-out-of-ten Americans has some degree of hearing loss. As baby boomers age and noise pollution grows, those numbers are only expected to grow.
The next generation of hearing aids is now being implanted in the U.S., and one tiny new device could make a huge difference for millions of people in the future.
Doctor Iain Grant of the Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the first in the country to use this new, implantable hearing device called the Retro-X.
And it's those little sounds of life that many of us tune out that become music to Sarah's ears.
The Retro-X hearing aid is designed to help those with high-frequency hearing loss, usually caused by exposure to loud noise.
The Ohio State University Medical Center is one of only handful of centers in the U.S. that offers this device. The procedure costs about $4000.