14 July 2021

Brits are unaware of hearing loss comorbidities

Most Brits do not know that hearing loss is associated with dementia, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Brits are unaware of hearing loss comorbidities

Less than a third of people in the UK (29%) know about the common comorbidities with hearing loss, according to a survey.

In the survey, 2,000 UK adults were questioned about their awareness of the co-existence of hearing loss and other diseases such as dementia, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

The survey found that 67% of the participants were unaware that untreated hearing loss can contribute to early onset dementia. Over half (53%) said that they had no idea that hearing loss can cause depression and other mental health problems.

Co-existing conditions

In the survey, 88% of respondents were unaware of the association between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease. 82% did not know of the link with diabetes and 75% did not know about the association between hearing loss and sleep disorders.

The age group with the least awareness were those aged between 45-54 where only 19% knew that hearing loss is a comorbidity with other health problems.

Knowledge leads to action

64% of the Brits in the survey said they would be more likely to wear a hearing instrument if they knew about the association between hearing loss and other health conditions.

The survey was commissioned by the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA).

Source: The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association, www.bihima.com

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