10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Loss

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How well do you know the facts about hearing loss?

We’ve discovered that our patients are virtually always amazed to learn about hearing loss, about how prevalent it is and how it impacts all age groups. They’re also very surprised to learn how hearing loss can influence all aspects of health.

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

To that end, we’ve gathered ten facts that illustrate how serious and widespread hearing loss is, but that the majority of people are unaware of.

Here they are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 measure of hearing loss.
  3. 1 in 5 teenagers has hearing losshearing loss in teens is growing with the increased use of earbuds, among other factors. Hearing loss does not discriminate by age.
  4. 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 widespread and erroneous myths about hearing loss.
  5. 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 widespread occupational injuries, affecting approximately 22 million workers in the US.
  6. 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.
  7. Hearing loss increases the risk of falling – a recent study revealed 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.
  8. Hearing loss is present in 90 percent of tinnitus cases – most instances of tinnitus are associated with hearing loss, which means both ailments can potentially be managed with hearing aids.
  9. Hearing loss can influence earnings – In a survey conducted by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss was found to adversely impact household income up to an average of $12,000 per year depending on the intensity of hearing loss.
  10. 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 advances.

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