How well do you know the facts about hearing loss?
We’ve discovered that our patients are almost always amazed to learn about hearing loss, about how universal it is and how it affects all age groups. They’re also quite surprised to learn how hearing loss can affect all aspects of health.
As hearing professionals, that means we have a lot of work to do. Obviously, the understanding of hearing loss does not match the truth, and we have to work to raise awareness.
To that end, we’ve organized ten facts that indicate how serious and commonplace hearing loss is, but that the majority of people are not aware of.
Here they are:
- 360 million people worldwide have hearing loss – according to the World Health Organization, more than 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 degree 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 group.
- 65 percent of those with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only influences older people is one of the most common and erroneous misconceptions about hearing loss.
- 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing issues are the most frequently documented injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most common work-related injuries, affecting an estimated 22 million workers in the US.
- Hearing loss can bring about cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have demonstrated links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, diminished memory, and even an increased 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 severe.
- Hearing loss occurs in 90 percent of tinnitus cases – most instances of tinnitus are accompanied by hearing loss, which means both ailments can potentially be addressed with hearing aids.
- Hearing loss can affect income – In a survey carried out by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss was found to negatively impact household income up to an average of $12,000 per year depending on the degree 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 make use of them. This despite all of the technological innovations.
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