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How thoroughly do you know the facts about hearing loss?

We’ve found that our patients are virtually always surprised to learn about hearing loss, about how widespread it is and how it affects all age groups. They’re also quite surprised to learn how hearing loss can affect all areas of health.

As hearing professionals, that means we have a great deal of work to do. Undoubtedly, the perception of hearing loss does not match the truth, and we have to work to raise awareness.

To that end, we’ve assembled ten facts that exhibit how serious and widespread hearing loss is, but that most people are not aware of.

Here they are:

 

  • 360 million people globally have hearing loss

 

      – as reported by the

World Health Organization

      , over 5 percent of the world’s population (360 million) have disabling hearing loss.

 

    1. 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 amount of hearing loss.

 

    1. 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.

 

    1. 65 percent of people with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only influences old people is one of the most prevalent and inaccurate myths about hearing loss.

 

    1. 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing issues are the most commonly reported injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most prevalent work-related injuries, affecting an estimated 22 million workers in the US.

 

    1. Hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have confirmed links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, impaired memory, and even a higher risk of developing dementia.

 

    1. 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 as compared to those with normal hearing. And the likelihood of falling increase as hearing loss becomes more severe.

 

    1. Hearing loss is present in 90 percent of tinnitus cases – most cases of tinnitus are associated with hearing loss, which means both conditions can potentially be addressed with hearing aids.

 

    1. Hearing loss can affect 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 extent of hearing loss.

 

  1. 28.8 million US adults could benefit from hearing aids – despite the fact that hearing aids could help millions of Americans, fewer than one in three actually use them. This even with all of the technological advances.

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