1. Hearing loss affects one in five people aged 12 and older, and is the third most common chronic medical condition among older Americans.
2. Not being able to hear and understand can lead to increased anxiety, stress, and irritability.
3. Relationships with spouse, family, and friends can be affected due to the frustration of not being able to communicate easily.
4. People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop depression and dementia, in part due to withdrawing from social activities.
5. People with untreated hearing loss are at greater risk for their safety as they may not hear emergency sirens, smoke alarms, or someone approaching them from behind.
6. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop hearing loss, likely due to the diabetes damaging the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear.
7. Regular use and/or abuse of some medications can increase a person’s risk of hearing loss.
8. Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to worsening of your ability to understand speech. This is especially true for people with moderate to severe loss.
9. Hearing testing is painless and may be covered by your health plan. Ask your doctor for a hearing test or call toll-free at 855-523-9355 to find a provider near you.
10. The good news: over 90% of people with hearing loss can benefit tremendously from the use of hearing aids. Treating hearing loss early helps the brain maintain speech understanding, resulting in a better outcome.