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How well do you know the facts about hearing loss?

We’ve discovered that our patients are nearly always amazed to learn about hearing loss, about how widespread 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 aspects of health.

As hearing professionals, that means we have a lot of work to do. Evidently, the perception of hearing loss does not match the truth, and we have to work to raise awareness.

To that end, we’ve assembled ten facts that illustrate how serious and prevalent hearing loss is, but that most people are not aware 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 United States have hearing loss – that’s 20 percent of all Americans, or one out of every five, that report some level of hearing loss.
  3. 1 in 5 teenagers 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 individuals with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only influences old people is one of the most widespread and inaccurate misconceptions about hearing loss.
  5. 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing issues are the most commonly documented 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 trigger cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have demonstrated links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, diminished memory, and even an enhanced risk of developing dementia.
  7. Hearing loss increases 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.
  8. Hearing loss is present in 90 percent of tinnitus cases – most instances of tinnitus are associated with hearing loss, which means both conditions can oftentimes be addressed with hearing aids.
  9. Hearing loss can affect earnings – In a survey carried out by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss was shown 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 use them. This despite all of the technological advancements.

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