According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institutes of Health, 36 million Americans have a hearing loss, and it’s a growing problem for our – as our population ages. Approximately one-third of Americans between ages 65 and 74 have hearing loss, and that number increases to half of all adults over 75.
The good news is that hearing aids can help. The bad news, only 20 percent of people who could benefit from treatment actually seek help. This lack of treatment often affects the social, physical and cognitive wellbeing of older adults. Dr. Colin Driscoll, a Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist, explains the health consequences of untreated hearing loss.