Half the world lacks access to essential health services, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This distressing fact is the driving force behind World Health Day, Saturday, April 7, 2018. WHO urges world leaders to ensure “that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.”
Among the top untreated health conditions: hearing loss. An estimated 360 million people live with disabling hearing loss, according to WHO. “Lack of attention towards hearing loss poses an overall annual cost of 750 billion international dollars globally and has a significant impact on the lives of those affected.” The organization cites a number of potential negative consequences of untreated hearing loss among adults, including:
- A higher rate of unemployment
- Lower wages and earlier retirement among those who are employed
- Feelings of loneliness, isolation and frustration due to communication difficulties
- Early cognitive decline in older adults
Here in the U.S., approximately 36 million people have some form of hearing loss. Fortunately, 95% of individuals with high-frequency hearing loss, the most common type, could benefit from hearing aids. Yet the high cost of hearing aids is one of the main reasons hearing loss goes untreated. In fact, only 20% of the individuals who could benefit from treatment actually seek help, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
You don't need to wait to get your hearing checked and find out what options you have and to find out how affordable improving your quality of life can be or for lawmakers to make hearing healthcare more affordable and accessible. Take the first step and contact Amplifon today so get your hearing checked!