Hearing loss is the fastest growing, and one of the most prevalent chronic conditions facing Canadians today (The Hearing Foundation of Canada). Age related loss and noise-induced hearing loss are the most common types of hearing loss.
According to Statistics Canada, more than one million Canadian adults reported a hearing-related disability, a number that is 50% great than the number of adults reporting problems with their eyesight (StatsCan). Other studies indicate that the true number may reach three million or more Canadian adults, as those suffering from hearing problems often under-report their condition.
According to the National Academy on an Aging Society, hearing loss can have a profound impact on emotional, physical and social well-being. Untreated, hearing loss can lead to depression, dissatisfaction with life, reduced functional and cognitive health, and withdrawal from social activities (The Hearing Foundation of Canada).
90% of people with hearing loss can improve communication with a properly fitted hearing aid, counseling or environmental changes (Canadian Hearing Society).