Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy Hearing December 7, 20172017-12-07T00:00:00-06002017-12-07T00:00:00-0600
If you wonder about the prevalence and impact of hearing loss, check out these quick facts and statistics. 2017545Hearing loss statistics at a glancehttps://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52814-Hearing-loss-statistics-at-a-glance
Hearing loss is third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease, affecting people of all ages. This is what hearing loss looks like by the numbers.
Of the 28.8 million Americans (age 20-69) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids, fewer than 16 percent have ever used them.
Of those age 70 and older who could benefit from wearing hearing aids, fewer than 30 percent have ever used them.
According to a survey by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss negatively impacts household income on average up to $12,000 per year. The use of hearing aids mitigates that loss by as much as 50 percent.
The impact of hearing loss is estimated to be more than $100 billion annually.
In a 15 percent tax bracket, the total cost to society in unrealized taxes is estimated to be more than $18 billion.
Related health conditions
Ear Infections: Five out of six children experience ear infection by the time they are three years old.
Alzheimer’s Disease: mild to moderate untreated hearing loss leads to cognitive decline and may be an early indicator for Alzheimer’s disease.
Depression: Individuals with untreated hearing loss are twice as likely to be depressed than those who have normal hearing or those who wear hearing devices.
Hypertension: Studies suggest those with hypertension have a greater incidence of hearing loss than those without.
Diabetes: Hearing loss is twice as common in individuals who have diabetes than in those without.
The statistics tell the story of just how much hearing loss impacts our lives, relationships and careers. Find more information here on our website and, when you are ready to get help, visit our directory of hearing healthcare professionals near you and make the call.
Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy Hearing
Debbie Clason holds a master's degree from Indiana University. Her impressive client list includes financial institutions, real estate developers, physicians, pharmacists and nonprofit organizations.
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