Most people experience hearing loss gradually, and few realize the negative effects it has on all aspects of health and overall quality of life. Researchers and physicians have emphasized the importance of seeking treatment when hearing loss starts to affect daily life, but only one in five people with hearing impairment actually takes advantage of the life-changing impact treatment can have.
Evidence shows that delaying treatment can have serious adverse effects. Consider:
– National Academy on an Aging Society. Hearing Loss: A Growing Problem that Affects Quality of Life. December 1999.
– Better Hearing Institute. Facts About Hearing Disorders. 1999.
– Ries, Peter W. Prevalence and Characteristics of Persons with Hearing Trouble: United States, 1990–91. National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics, 1994, series 10, no. 188.
– Wallhagen, M.I., Strawbridge, W.J., Cohen, R.D., and Kaplan, G.A. An Increasing Prevalence of Hearing Impairment and Associated Risk Factors Over Three Decades of the Alameda County Study. American Journal of Public Health, 1997; 87(3): 440–442.
– The National Council on the Aging. The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss in Older Persons. Washington, D.C. , 1999.
– Data from the Hearing Industries Association as explained by Sergei Kochkin, M.D. (personal communication, June 1999).