How thoroughly do you know the facts about hearing loss?
We’ve observed that our patients are almost always surprised to learn about hearing loss, about how universal it is and how it strikes all age groups. They’re also quite surprised to learn how hearing loss can have an impact on all aspects 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 reality, and we have to work to raise awareness.
To that end, we’ve collected ten facts that establish how serious and commonplace hearing loss is, but that most people are not aware of.
Here they are:
- 360 million people globally have hearing loss – according to 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 degree of hearing loss.
- 1 in 5 teens 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 group.
- 65 percent of those with hearing loss are under age 65 – the idea that hearing loss only affects old people is one of the most prevailing and inaccurate myths about hearing loss.
- 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing problems are the most commonly reported injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most prevalent work-related injuries, affecting approximately 22 million workers in the US.
- Hearing loss can result in cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have confirmed links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, weakened memory, and even a higher risk of developing dementia.
- Hearing loss raises the risk of falling – a recent study reported that individuals 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 significant.
- Hearing loss is present in 90 percent of tinnitus cases – most cases of tinnitus are associated with hearing loss, which means both conditions can oftentimes be addressed with hearing aids.
- Hearing loss can influence 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 level 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 use them. This even with all of the technological developments.
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