hear me? Maybe not.
Hopkins study published earlier this month found that, as
Americans age, more of them are expected to suffer from
hearing loss. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in
Baltimore predict that 44 million ó or 15 percent of U.S.
adults ó will have some hearing loss by 2020. That will
increase to 23 percent of all adults 20 and older by 2060.
unprecedented growth means researchers will have to discover
cost-effective approaches to help patients. "In the
coming decades, there will be an increased need for affordable
interventions and access to hearing healthcare services,"
lead study author Adele Goman told HealthDay.
in Americans with hearing loss will be especially pronounced
among the 70 and older set. In 2020, 55 percent of all adults
with hearing loss will be 70 or older. In 2060 ó 67 percent.
aids can be expensive, running into thousands of dollars, and
theyíre not covered by Medicare. Many seniors pay the full
cost or find an insurance that pays part of the expense. But
itís not just cost that worries senior advocates. Hearing
loss affects quality of life and a personís ability and
interest to engage in social situations.
seniors, hearing loss often leads to depression, anxiety and
mental decline, according to the American Academy of Audiology.
Because hearing loss tends to be a slow and irreversible
process, many donít know they are experiencing it.
Specialists suggest all seniors 55 and older get tested.