The real costs of hearing loss dollars and cents and much more. Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent health conditions affecting approximately 38 million US adults. However only sixteen percent of adults ages 20-69 and 30 percent of those ages 70 and older who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them. When considering the cost of hearing aids and other treatments consider the cost of in-action on hearing loss. Hearing loss can impact a person’s finances including higher medical bills and lost wages. Hearing loss is also associated with a number of other medical issues such as the possibility of increased mortality, dementia and falls. Many people with hearing loss also report social isolation and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and psychosocial disorders. If you are concerned about your hearing seek an evaluation from an ASHA certified audiologist in your area.