How Hearing Loss Can Impact Your Life

Hearing loss is a major public health issue. The latest studies show it affects approximately 12% of Americans. That’s about 38 million people.1 And as you’d expect, roughly one third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have a hearing loss. Nearly half of us over the age of 75 have it.2 In fact, hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition in the country. Only arthritis and hypertension affect more older adults.3

But the impact of hearing loss runs even deeper. Hearing loss affects the emotional, psychological and financial well-being of each person it touches. In general, hearing loss makes interaction with the outside world more difficult. Adults with early - and late - onset hearing loss commonly report anger, denial, isolation, social withdrawal, fatigue, and depression. Yet, most people still don’t seek help.4,5

But listen to one who did.

“I was living in a house, a big house. I couldn’t hear the telephone. I couldn’t hear anybody knocking on the door. I had to do something. That’s when I decided I had to start an all-new life. The first thing I was going do was get a cochlear implant, which I did. And it was the best thing I ever did.”

Eldon Cook’s Cochlear Implant was activated in 2001. Watch Eldon's story.

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References:

  1. Facts About Hearing Loss. Center for Hearing and Communication [Internet]. 2013 [Cited 2013 July] Available from: www.chchearing.org/about-hearing-loss/facts-about-hearing-loss
  2. Quick Statistics. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) [Internet]. 2010 [Updated 2010 June 16; Cited 2013 July] Available from: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/Pages/quick.aspx
  3. Basic Facts About Hearing Loss. Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) [Internet]. 2013 [Cited 2013 July] Available from: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/basic-facts-about-hearing-loss
  4. Kochkin, S. Consequences of Hearing Loss. Better Hearing Institute [Internet]. 2013 [Cited 2013 July]. Available from: http://www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss/consequences_of_hearing_loss/index.cfm
  5. Kochkin, S. & Rogin, C. Quantifying the Obvious: The Impact of Hearing Aids on Quality of Life. The Hearing Review. 2000 Jan;7(1):8-34.