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February 2017

What Otolaryngologists Need to Know About Hearing Aids

Author Affiliations
  • 1Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(2):109-110. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.3416

As the American population ages, hearing loss (HL), especially presbycusis, is becoming more prevalent. Estimates indicate that disabling HL occurs in 8.5% of adults aged 55 to 64 years, 25% of adults 65 to 74 years, and nearly 50% of those 75 years or older.1 Problems associated with HL include accelerated cognitive decline, depression, isolation, and decreased physical activity. Furthermore, studies have shown loss of income associated with HL to be around $12 000 in annual salary, with decrease in earnings correlated with severity of hearing deficit.1

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