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How well do you know the facts about hearing loss?

We’ve observed that our patients are almost always amazed to learn about hearing loss, about how prevalent it is and how it impacts all age groups. They’re also quite surprised to learn how hearing loss can have an affect on all areas of health.

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

To that end, we’ve organized ten facts that demonstrate how serious and commonplace hearing loss is, but that most people are not aware of.

Here they are:

  1. 360 million people worldwide have hearing loss – according to 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 describe some amount of hearing loss.
  3. 1 in 5 teens has hearing losshearing loss in teens is increasing with the increased use of earbuds, among other factors. Hearing loss does not discriminate by age group.
  4. 65 percent of those with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only affects older people is one of the most commonplace and inaccurate myths about hearing loss.
  5. 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing concerns are the most frequently reported injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most widespread occupational injuries, affecting an estimated 22 million workers in the US.
  6. Hearing loss can trigger cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have demonstrated links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, diminished memory, and even a heightened risk of developing dementia.
  7. Hearing loss raises 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 chances of falling increase as hearing loss becomes more significant.
  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 oftentimes be remedied with hearing aids.
  9. Hearing loss can impact 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 extent 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 make use of them. This despite all of the technological innovations.

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