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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 widespread it is and how it affects all age groups. They’re also very 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. Obviously, the understanding of hearing loss does not match the truth, and we have to work to raise awareness.

To that end, we’ve put together ten facts that indicate how serious and commonplace hearing loss is, but that the majority of people are not aware of.

Here they are:

  1. 360 million people globally have hearing loss – as reported by the World Health Organization, more than 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 claim 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.
  4. 65 percent of individuals with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only impacts older people is one of the most common and erroneous misconceptions about hearing loss.
  5. 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing problems are the most frequently reported injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most widespread work-related injuries, affecting approximately 22 million workers in the US.
  6. Hearing loss can result in cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have confirmed links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, diminished memory, and even an increased risk of developing dementia.
  7. Hearing loss raises the risk of falling – a recent study revealed 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.
  8. Hearing loss occurs in 90 percent of tinnitus casesmost cases of tinnitus are accompanied by hearing loss, which means both ailments can potentially be managed with hearing aids.
  9. Hearing loss can impact income – In a survey carried out 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 amount of hearing loss.
  10. 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 use them. This despite all of the technological advancements.

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