Hearing Less Means Earning Less

But Use of Hearing Aids on the Job Cuts Income Loss Dramatically

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  • People with untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, depending on their degree of hearing loss.
  • The loss in income for people with untreated hearing loss due to underemployment is estimated at $176 billion annually.
  • The annual cost to society is estimated to be as high as $26 billion in unrealized federal taxes.
  • Use of hearing aids was shown to reduce the risk of income loss by 90%-100% for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65%-77% for those with severe to moderate hearing loss.
  • People with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as their peers who use hearing aids.