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    Hearing Loss Study.pdf

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    In a survey of more than 40,000 households utilizing the National Family Opinion panel, hearing loss was shown to negatively impact household income on-average up to $12,000 per year depending on the degree of hearing loss. However, the use of hearing instruments was shown to mitigate the effects of hearing loss by 50%. For America’s 24 million hearing-impaired who do not use hearing instruments, the impact of untreated hearing loss is quantified to be in excess of $100 billion annually. At a 15% tax bracket, the cost to society could be well in excess of $18 billion due to unrealized taxes.
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    Untreated Hearing Loss Report.pdf

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    The goal of the study was to assess the effects of hearing loss on quality of life and compare these effects for those who wear hearing aids and those who do not. Respondents in the survey included hearing aid users, hearing-impaired seniors who do not use hearing aids (nonusers), and significant others (spouse, close family member, or best friend of the hearing-impaired respondent). A total of 2,304 hearing impaired people responded and an additional 2,090 family members or close friends responded to a parallel questionnaire that asked about the hearing impaired person.