On March 3, 2017, people around the world will join together to recognize World Hearing Day. Since 2007, this annual event has served to spread awareness about hearing loss, and promote hearing and ear care across the world! The theme for 2017 is, “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” to bring attention to the economic impact of hearing loss.
Hearing loss is an increasingly prevalent issue for Americans, affecting more than 48 million individuals1 of all ages. In fact, 20 percent of people in their twenties experience hearing loss2.
Despite how common hearing loss is, 80 percent of people who could benefit from wearing hearing aids do not wear them3. This inaction can be attributed to a number of things including social stigmas, cost, and a lack of education and awareness.
Think about it. When was the last time you had your ears checked? Does your primary care physician routinely screen for hearing loss? For many Americans, the answer to those questions is no.
Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to a number of health complications. Those with hearing loss are more at-risk for cognitive decline, depression, and slips and falls due to improper balance. Treating hearing loss can not only improve brain function and overall health, it can also increase earnings. Hearing aid use is said to alleviate income by 90-100 percent!
For these reasons, it is important that hearing health has advocates across the world—starting with you!
Check out this informational video in honor of World Hearing Day.
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1. America, H. L. Basic Facts About Hearing Loss | Hearing Loss Association of America. Retrieved February 27, 2017
2. Carroll YI, Eichwald J, Scinicariello F, et al. Vital Signs: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Among Adults — United States 2011–2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:139–144.
3. Oyler, A. (2012). The American Hearing Loss Epidemic: Few of 46 Million With Hearing Loss Seek Treatment. The ASHA Leader, 17(2), 5-7. doi: 10.1044/leader.FTR4.17022012.5