New University Study – Untreated Hearing Loss Leads to Higher Medical Bills
A new study completed at the Medical University of South Carolina looked at the data from a national healthcare claims database to see if there was a correlation between hearing loss and the use of healthcare.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery, compared costs of healthcare for a large group of individuals.
The results over a period of eighteen months, medical costs were 33% higher for those with untreated hearing loss. Individuals with hearing aids paid less than individuals without hearing aids.
Hearing loss adds additional communication stress that can affect treatment and outcomes.
Untreated hearing loss in adults 70 or older was associated with a 54% increase in the risk of mortality. Don’t let this happen to you. Schedule your hearing check-up today.
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Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA
Doctor of Audiology
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