A new study on hearing loss suggests that hearing loss sufferers are at increased risk for accidents.
Recently, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a nationwide survey which indicated that out of 232.2 million American adults, approximately 15.7 percent reported suffering from hearing loss and that of those, 2.8 percent had been injured in an accident within the previous three months.
Additionally, JAMA Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, tracked injuries related to driving, work, and leisure/sports. In all three categories, the risk of injury increased with the severaty of hearing loss. Over all, compared to those who rated their hearing as “excellent”, those with a little hearing loss were 60% more likely to have been injured, those with moderate hearing loss were 70% more likely, and those with a lot of hearing trouble were 90% more likely to suffer a physical injury.
My recommendation, fix your hearing loss, the benefits more than outweigh the cost.