The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is reminding men—and the women who care about them—that hearing health is an important part of whole health. In fact, research increasingly shows a link between hearing loss and other significant health issues—from depression to cognitive decline. It also shows that addressing hearing loss often has a positive impact on quality of life.
Below are some eye-opening numbers on men and hearing loss. And further down are three good reasons to talk hearing health with your doctor at your next physical exam.
Some numbers on men and hearing loss
- Men (20-69 years) are nearly twice as likely to have hearing loss as women.
- More than half of men who say they have difficulty hearing think their hearing loss was caused or contributed to by noise on the job or loud recreational activities—like hunting, firecrackers, blaring music, or using earbuds or headphones.
- About half of the men surveyed with untreated hearing loss say they’ve felt down, depressed, or hopeless for several days or more in the last two weeks. Those who used hearing aids were less likely to say they felt that way.
- Similarly, about half of the men surveyed with untreated hearing loss say they’ve been bothered by little interest or pleasure in doing things for several days or more in the last two weeks. Again, those who used hearing aids were less likely to say they felt that way.
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