How well do you know the facts about hearing loss?
We’ve found that our patients are nearly always amazed 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 areas of health.
As hearing professionals, that means we have a lot of work to do. Evidently, the understanding 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 present how serious and widespread hearing loss is, but that most people are not aware 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 report some level 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 group.
- 65 percent of individuals with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only impacts 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 issues are the most frequently documented 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 lead 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 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 chances 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 oftentimes be addressed with hearing aids.
- Hearing loss can affect income – In a survey conducted by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss was shown to negatively 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 enhancements.
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