Canadian Health Measures Survey of 2012 and 2013 indicate that:
- 20% of adults (or 1 in 5) aged 19 to 79 had at least mild hearing loss in one or both ears.
- Prevalence of hearing loss increases with age: 47% of adults aged 60-79 experience hearing loss compared to 16% of adults aged 40-59 and only 7% of 19-39 year olds.
- Two thirds of adults over 60 with hearing loss experienced trouble in both ears compared to half of the 40-59 year olds.
Strikingly, the survey reported that “The majority of Canadians with measured hearing loss were not aware they had any hearing problems. About 70% of adults and 83% of children or youth with measured hearing loss did not report any diagnosis of hearing problems by a health care professional.” In other words, despite receiving a regular health check-up from medical professionals, 70% of adult Canadians with hearing loss left their doctor’s offices undiagnosed. Therefore, a thorough hearing evaluation by a hearing healthcare professional should be specifically and proactively sought out in order to identify the existence of hearing loss and the appropriate treatment options. Hearing should be checked annually after the age of 60.
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