One study examined the link between hearing loss and unemployment. The conclusion was that working age adults who experienced hearing loss were more likely to be unemployed than their hearing counterparts. On average, those with hearing loss also earned significantly less than co-workers with normal hearing.

Another study on the impact of untreated hearing loss on household income similarly concluded that of 40,000 families surveyed, hearing loss subtracted up to $12,000 of yearly income on average from affected households. Beyond the toll taken on wage earners with hearing loss and their families, estimates indicate that the US economy as a whole lost in excess of $18 billion of tax revenue due to an estimated 24 million potential earners hampered by untreated hearing loss.

Now, are you ready to figure out if you or someone you care about has a hearing problem?