How thoroughly do you know the facts about hearing loss?
We’ve observed that our patients are virtually always amazed to learn about hearing loss, about how prevalent 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. 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 indicate how serious and prevalent hearing loss is, but that the majority of 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.
- 48 million people in the United States have hearing loss – that’s 20 percent of all Americans, or one out of every five, that experience some level of hearing loss.
- 1 in 5 teenagers has hearing loss – hearing loss in teens is increasing with the increased use of earbuds, among other factors. Hearing loss does not discriminate by age.
- 65 percent of people with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only impacts old people is one of the most popular and erroneous misconceptions about hearing loss.
- 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing issues are the most frequently reported injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most prevalent occupational 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 elevated risk of developing dementia.
- Hearing loss increases the risk of falling – 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 cases of tinnitus are accompanied by hearing loss, which means both conditions can potentially be managed with hearing aids.
- Hearing loss can affect earnings – In a survey carried out 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 amount of hearing loss.
- 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 despite all of the technological innovations.
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