9 Facts About Hearing Loss

We often take our hearing for granted, but hearing loss is all too common. According to the World Health Organization, hearing loss affects more than 5% of the world’s population. That’s more than 466 million people with hearing loss, and it’s expected to climb.

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    1. Hearing loss is common

    One in every three people over the age of 65 – a total of 165 million people worldwide – live with hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization. This makes hearing loss the second most prevalent issue globally.

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    2. It is a modifiable risk factor for dementia

    Living with even a mild case of hearing loss can double your risk of developing dementia. The more severe the case, the greater the risk. The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chance for a positive outcome.

     

    Hearing loss and dementia

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    3. Noise is often the cause

    According to the New York Times Personal Health Blog, noise is the leading cause of hearing loss. Repeated exposure to loud noise (85 decibels or higher) can lead to permanent hearing damage — 85 decibels is the amount of sound produced by heavy city traffic.

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    4. It often starts with damaged hair cells

    Hearing loss associated with aging is often a result of damage to cilia — hair cells — located in the inner ear. Initial damage tends to occur in the outer part of the cochlea, affecting high-frequency sounds, such as those produced by consonants f, sh, ch, p, s and t.

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    5. Hearing loss is costly

    According to a report by the World Health Organization, untreated hearing loss has a global cost of $750 billion. Beyond the global costs, untreated hearing loss can be costly for individuals — untreated hearing loss is linked to lower salaries, lower career progression and even unemployment.

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6. Even when we are asleep we are listening

Unlike our closed eyes, our ears remain open and ready to alert us to things that need our attention — an important evolution from early days. Today, we continue to rely on our hearing day and night to alert us to danger and to hear the alarm clock in the morning.

Benefits of better hearing
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    7. Hearing loss is linked to cardiovascular diseases

    Living with a hearing loss may increase your risk of a stroke by 30% and your risk of heart attack by 36%, according to research by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

     

    Untreated hearing loss

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    8. Physicians rarely test for hearing loss

    Despite being highly a prevalent condition, only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss, according to the Center for Hearing and Communication. Has your doctor addressed hearing loss with you?

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    9. Many famous people have it

    Many notable figures have struggled with hearing loss — among others, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Huey Lewis, Roger Daltrey, Holly Hunter, Whoopi Goldberg and many more have succeeded in the face of hearing difficulties.

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