Hearing aids are expensive, costing $1,000 to $3,000 per ear.
- Over 5% of the world’s population – 360 million people – has disabling hearing loss (328 million adults and 32 million children). The majority of these people live in low- and middle-income countries.
- In developing countries, children with unaided hearing loss and deafness rarely receive any schooling. Adults with hearing loss also have a much higher unemployment rate.
In the United States:
- About 20% of adults and 4% of children report some degree of hearing loss, and 13,000 children are born each year with congenital hearing loss.
- Hearing loss is a major public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.
- If hearing loss were officially considered a disability, it would rank as the largest disability class in the United States.
- Most private medical insurance doesn't cover the cost of hearing aids. In most cases, Medicare doesn't either. Perhaps this explains, at least in part, why 75% to 80% of adults with hearing loss do not get hearing aids.
- Hearing aids are considered elective by the medical establishment, much like plastic surgery or liposuction. But unlike those cosmetic procedures, life without hearing can have devastating effects.