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ERIC Number: EJ1126622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Economic Impact of Hearing Loss and Reduction of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in the United States
Neitzel, Richard L.; Swinburn, Tracy K.; Hammer, Monica S.; Eisenberg, Daniel
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v60 n1 p182-189 Jan 2017
Purpose: Hearing loss (HL) is pervasive and debilitating, and noise-induced HL is preventable by reducing environmental noise. Lack of economic analyses of HL impacts means that prevention and treatment remain a low priority for public health and environmental investment. Method: This article estimates the costs of HL on productivity by building on established estimates for HL prevalence and wage and employment differentials between those with and without HL. Results: We estimate that HL affects more than 13% of the working population. Not all HL can be prevented or treated, but if the 20% of HL resulting from excessive noise exposure were prevented, the economic benefit would be substantial--we estimate a range of $58 billion to $152 billion annually, with a core estimate of $123 billion. We believe this is a conservative estimate, because consideration of additional costs of HL, including health care and special education, would likely further increase the benefits associated with HL prevention. Conclusion: HL is costly and warrants additional emphasis in public and environmental health programs. This study represents an important first step in valuing HL prevention--in particular, prevention of noise-induced HL--where new policies and technologies appear promising.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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