According to the World Health Organization, there are about 466 million people with disabling hearing loss around the world.1
In children, hearing loss can be associated with delayed speech and language skills, and may have an impact on their learning at school and development of social skills.2 For adults, there are reported associations between hearing loss and loneliness, and research has suggested that hearing loss could be linked to depression and dementia in older adults.3,4,5
However, there are options beyond hearing aids to help your patients improve their hearing and enhance their quality of life.
Use the Delphi Consensus Group statements to benchmark your practice guidelines addressing cochlear implantation for adults.
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- Deafness and hearing loss [Internet]. World Health Organization. 2018 [cited 26 September 2018]. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss
- Effects of Hearing Loss on Development [Internet]. Asha.org. 2018 [cited 26 September 2018]. Available from: https://www.asha.org/public/hearing/effects-of-hearing-loss-on-development/
- Contrera K, Sung Y, Betz J, Li L, Lin F. Change in loneliness after intervention with cochlear implants or hearing aids. The Laryngoscope. 2017;127(8):1885-1889.
- Rutherford B, Brewster K, Golub J, Kim A, Roose S. Sensation and Psychiatry: Linking Age-Related Hearing Loss to Late-Life Depression and Cognitive Decline. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2018;175(3):215-224.
- World Health Organization. World Report on Hearing. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. Available from: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/world-report-on-hearing Accessed 4 March 2022.