How well do you know the facts about hearing loss?
We’ve observed that our patients are almost always amazed to learn about hearing loss, about how widespread it is and how it affects all age groups. They’re also very surprised to learn how hearing loss can affect all areas of health.
As hearing professionals, that implies we have a lot of work to do. Obviously, the understanding of hearing loss does not match the reality, and we have to work to raise awareness.
To that end, we’ve assembled ten facts that show how serious and prevalent hearing loss is, but that most people are unaware of.
Here they are:
- 360 million people worldwide have hearing loss – as reported by the World Health Organization, over 5 percent of the world’s population (360 million) have disabling hearing loss.
- 48 million people in the US have hearing loss – that’s 20 percent of all Americans, or one out of every five, that claim some measure of hearing loss.
- 1 in 5 teenagers has hearing loss – hearing loss in teens is growing with the increased use of earbuds, among other factors. Hearing loss does not discriminate by age.
- 65 percent of individuals with hearing loss are under age 65 – the idea that hearing loss only impacts older people is one of the most widespread and inaccurate myths about hearing loss.
- 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing issues are the most commonly documented injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most widespread work-related injuries, affecting an estimated 22 million workers in the US.
- Hearing loss can contribute to cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have confirmed links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, weakened memory, and even an enhanced risk of developing dementia.
- Hearing loss raises the risk of falls – a recent study reported that people with mild hearing loss were three times more likely to have a history of falling compared to those with normal hearing. And the likelihood of falling increase as hearing loss becomes more severe.
- Hearing loss occurs in 90 percent of tinnitus cases – most instances of tinnitus are accompanied by hearing loss, which means both conditions can potentially be remedied with hearing aids.
- Hearing loss can influence earnings – In a survey conducted by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss was shown to adversely impact household income up to an average of $12,000 per year depending on the measure of hearing loss.
- 28.8 million US adults could benefit from hearing aids – in spite of the fact that hearing aids could help millions of Americans, fewer than one in three actually make use of them. This even with all of the technological improvements.
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