HLAA survey on hearing loss and the pandemic
The Hearing Loss Association of America and Cochlear survey highlights COVID-19’s impact on the community of people with hearing loss in the U.S., including hearing and mental health-related implications.
- Nearly half of those with hearing loss noticed impacts to other aspects of their health during the pandemic including increased anxiety, isolation and loneliness.
- 70% are more aware of their hearing loss due to the pandemic; nearly half are more eager to explore hearing loss treatment options.
- 95% of respondents reported that the use of face coverings impacted their ability to communicate
- 68% increased their use of technology to communicate
- 87% of hearing health care providers reported seeing increased signs of loneliness or isolation since the pandemic began.
This is according to a new survey conducted by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in partnership with Cochlear Limited. Hearing loss is an invisible disease that affects almost 50 million Americans. The online survey of 1,399 participants sought to find out the pandemic’s impact on those in the hearing loss community, including individuals with hearing loss, their loved ones and their hearing health care professionals.