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How thoroughly do you know the facts about hearing loss?

We’ve discovered that our patients are virtually always surprised to learn about hearing loss, about how common it is and how it affects 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. Obviously, the perception of hearing loss does not match the truth, and we have to work to raise awareness.

To that end, we’ve collected ten facts that present 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 – 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 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.
  4. 65 percent of those with hearing loss are under age 65 – the belief that hearing loss only influences older people is one of the most prevailing and inaccurate misconceptions about hearing loss.
  5. 60 percent of veterans return home with hearing loss and tinnitus – hearing issues are the most frequently documented injury by veterans. Hearing loss is also one of the most prevalent occupational injuries, affecting an estimated 22 million workers in the US.
  6. Hearing loss can bring about cognitive decline – several studies out of Johns Hopkins University have confirmed links between hearing loss and cognitive decline, impaired memory, and even a heightened 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 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 cases – most cases of tinnitus are associated with hearing loss, which means both ailments can potentially be remedied with hearing aids.
  9. Hearing loss can influence earnings – In a survey carried out 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 advances.

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