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Facts about hearing loss in older adults

  • Age-related hearing loss affects about two-thirds of older adults.
  • Individuals with untreated hearing loss are at greater risk for developing dementia and run a greater risk of falls and hospitalization.
  • Hearing loss can lead to social isolation, relationship problems with friends and family, loss of income or earning potential, anxiety and depression.
  • Only about 20% of those who could benefit from amplification actually wear hearing aids.
  • A hearing test is recommended for all those over age 50 – or sooner if hearing loss is suspected – to identify and address any hearing loss as soon as possible.