A new study suggested that hearing loss is expected to double in the United States by 2060. Specialists established that hearing loss is bound to increase from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million in 2060. In 2060, approximately 23% of all American adults aged 20 and older might suffer from hearing loss. Based on the data revealed by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, the number of hearing loss cases will be more frequent in older adults.
Adele Goman, the lead author of the study, stated that in the future, the need for access to hearing health care services would increase. Goman is a researcher at Hopkins’ Center for Aging and Health. Goman together with her colleagues developed a study based on data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
They unveiled that hearing loss is a significant public health problem that will soon affect more and more people. To overcome and combat this issue, specialists need to implement cost-effective and novel approaches to hearing health care. Neil DiSarno is the chief staff officer of audiology at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
He argued that this study envisions an unprecedented increase in such a chronic health disorder. When considering all aspects of health care, hearing care is known to be very expensive. To provide the most suitable treatment to patients who face hearing impairments, specialists need to undertake a great effort to make sure they benefit from both private and public insurance coverage.
Beyond these costs, hearing loss has a terrible impact on a person’s quality of life. The patients may have their communication abilities impaired due to their hearing issues. They may find it difficult to engage in family and social activities, and they might face problems when at work. Dr. Ian Storper noted that the loss of hearing had been connected to a decline in mental ability.
Thus, the need of hearing health care is imperative for those who suffer hearing impairments. Storper is the director of otology at the Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders at the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Debara Tucci, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, claimed that people do not necessary lose their hearing as they age. The most common cause is exposure to loud noise.
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