Americans with hearing loss earn less

Use of hearing aids restores lost income by 50 per cent
||Last Updated: 05/17/2007

Americans with hearing loss make less money than people with normal hearing, but wearing a hearing aid reduces the amount of income lost, according to a new study.

Untreated hearing loss negatively affects household income, on average, by nearly $23,000 US per year depending on the degree of hearing loss, the survey by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) found.

But the use of hearing aids mitigated the effects of hearing loss on income by about 50 per cent. People with untreated profound hearing loss earned $20,300 US less than those without hearing loss, while those who had hearing aids earned only $10,200 US less than those with normal hearing.