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How thoroughly do you know the facts about hearing loss?

We’ve observed that our patients are nearly always surprised 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 impact all areas of health.

As hearing professionals, that means we have a great deal 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 put together ten facts that show how serious and widespread hearing loss is, but that the majority of people are unaware of.

Here they are:

  1. 360 million people globally have hearing loss – according to 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 United States have hearing loss – that’s 20 percent of all Americans, or one out of every five, that experience some measure of hearing loss.
  3. 1 in 5 teens 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 idea that hearing loss only impacts old people is one of the most prevailing and inaccurate myths about hearing loss.
  5. 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing issues are the most commonly reported injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most common 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 a heightened risk of developing dementia.
  7. Hearing loss raises 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 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 casesmost cases of tinnitus are associated with hearing loss, which means both conditions can potentially 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 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 make use of them. This even with all of the technological improvements.

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