Hearing loss isn’t just debilitating. It’s costly, especially if it’s left untreated. A recent report suggests that untreated hearing loss costs Canada $20 billion annually. The new report outlined that there is an estimated 1.7 million Canadians with untreated and debilitating hearing loss, which breaks down to $11,800 per untreated disabled person.
Roughly 900,000 other Canadians with disabling hearing loss receive treatment. This translates roughly to one in three Canadians using hearing aids or other hearing solutions.
Hearing loss can come with age, but as the world becomes a noisier place, the risk of hearing loss goes up for people of all ages, not just seniors.
Kim Ruberg of the non-profit Hear-It AISBL, who commissioned the study, explained, “The scientific report clearly demonstrates that untreated hearing loss is a major health issue and that untreated hearing loss has a huge economic and social impact on our society. It also documents that checking your hearing and treating hearing loss pays, both for the individual and for society.”
It’s important not only to protect your ears and hearing as much as you can, but to recognize changes to your hearing. Speak to your doctor about what can be done to prevent further hearing loss if you notice any changes.
Hearing loss isn’t just a problem with the ears. There are several studies that link hearing loss with cognitive and mental decline. Therefore, treating your hearing loss won’t just benefit your ears, but your brain too.
Hearing loss is irreversible, meaning that once it’s gone, it won’t come back. There are many new devices available that are small and discreet, so if the stigma of wearing bulky hearing aids is holding you back from improving your hearing, then there are many new options available.