Hearing loss is a bigger issue than you think.
466 Million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss1
34 million of those are children. And hearing loss is growing more prevalent by the day. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050, 1 in 10 people will have disabling hearing loss.1 While hearing loss can result from a variety of causes, including complex neurological defects, birth complications, infectious diseases, and aging, it is suggested that half of all causes can be prevented by public measures.
1.1 billion people between the ages of 12 to 35 are at risk of hearing loss due to recreational noise exposure2
60% of childhood hearing loss could be prevented by awareness and public health measures2
US$ 750 billion is the annual global cost of unaddressed hearing loss2
Unaided hearing loss can affect everything.
Without access to proper resources, a person with hearing loss can experience issues with physical health, communication, perceptions of mental acuity, mental and emotional health, social skills, relationships, self-esteem, and work performance.
A person with unaided hearing loss may earn $20,000 less annually depending on the degree of hearing loss3
The prevalence of depression among individuals with hearing loss is 2.3 times greater than that of their hearing counter parts4
Children with minimal hearing loss have a 10x greater risk of academic problems5
What do we do to help?
Provide hearing health information for the public and education programs for medical professionals.
Research innovative ways to bring hearing to those who need it
Increase access to treatments, technology, and education in high need communities worldwide
We’re on a mission to create a world where all may hear.
Join the movement.
1 Estimates, World Health Organization, July 26,2018
2 Deafness and Hearing Loss, World Health Organization, March 20, 2019
3 Sergei Kochkin, The Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss on Household Income, Better Hearing Institute, August 2005
4 Chuan-Ming Li et al., Hearing Impairment Associated with Depression in US Adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2010, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, April 2014
5 Robert F. Oyler, Anne L. Oyler, and Noel D. Matkin, Unilateral Hearing Loss: Demographics and Educational Impact, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1988