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The Hidden Cost of Hearing Loss and Comorbidity

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jul 2, 2018 9:24:00 AM

The impact of hearing loss can't only be measured with a hearing test. Hearing issues have a strong correlation with other health conditions and diseases. A study by the National Institutes of Health found that 78.5% of participants with insufficient or poor hearing suffered from at least one additional chronic condition. Thus costing more in health care costs in any given year.

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Here are six health issues associated with hearing loss and their costs.

  1. Diabetes

Up to 30% of adults with diabetes will experience hearing loss. High blood sugar causes tiny blood vessels in the inner ear to break, making it difficult to receive sound.  People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.

Annual estimated cost: $16,752 per person
American Diabetes Association 

  1. Thyroid disease

Underactive thyroid causes hearing loss from damage to the inner ear, outer ear, eardrum, middle ear or a mix of these. Most losses are the same in both ears, for all frequencies, without signs of vertigo or dizziness. Hearing loss may increase based on the severity of the disease.

Annual estimated cost: $343 per person
MEPS (Medical Expenditure Panel Surve) & AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality)

  1. Chronic kidney disease

Older chronic kidney disease patients exhibit a higher rate of hearing loss. At the cellular level, the kidney and blood supply in the inner ear share many physiological similarities. 44% of kidney failure is caused by diabetes.

Annual estimated cost: $20,432 per person
NIH (National Institutes of Health)

  1. Cardiovascular disease

Almost 80% of people with heart disease experience hearing loss. Low blood supply damages blood vessels in the inner ear, making sound difficult to receive. Strokes can also injure blood vessels and decrease hearing on the affected side of the brain.

Annual estimated cost$18,953 per person
American Journal of Managed Care

  1. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

People with hearing loss have up to a five times higher risk of dementia than patients with no hearing problems and a significantly higher percentage of Alzheimer's than their normally aging peers.

Annual estimated cost: $10,495 per person
Alzheimer's Association

  1. Dizziness, falls and disequilibrium

Individuals with progressive hearing loss experience significantly higher rates of falls, which result in broken hips, legs, arms and other bones. People with a mild hearing loss are three times more likely to fall, compared to individuals with normal hearing.

Annual estimated cost: $92-$30,000 per person depending on age and the severity
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention & NIH (National Institutes of Health)

Hearing loss and their comorbidities come at a high expense for individuals. The good news is that there is a solution. The majority of hearing loss is treatable with hearing aids. 

That's why a hearing health care program is the perfect solution. Taking advantage of the benefits provided by Amplifon could contribute to overall improved health by preventing certain conditions or by providing early detection of other diseases.

Call today to learn more and schedule a free hearing screening appointmentVisit our website to learn more and click here to have Amplifon check your insurance benefits for you.

 *All dollar amounts listed are an average of each study findings.

Topics: hearing loss, Diabetes, Comorbidities, schedule an appointment, Healthcare Costs, Cardiovascular Disease, Hearing Loss and Falls, thyroid disease, dizziness, falls, chronic kidney disease, alzheimer's, dementia, check your benefits

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