- If left unaided hearing loss can negatively impact a child’s language, social/ emotional, and educational development.
- Currently about 20 states mandate insurance to cover these lifetime costs. Kansas is not one of them.
- “80% of people who could benefit from hearing aids do not get them.”*
- “A child with even a mild hearing loss can miss as much as 50% of the classroom discussion.”*
- The average cost of a pair of hearing aids is $4800 (mid range). That doesn’t include batteries, earmolds, repairs.
- Hearing aids are not a one time purchase. The functional life of a hearing aid is four to six years.
- The average out of pocket dollars spent on hearing aids before the age 21, $9,600- $19,200. (Without medicaid coverage)
- The number of school aged children with some degree of hearing impairment in WY & JO county Kansas is nearly 1000.
- Average lifetime cost per person (based on 2003 dollars) is estimated at $417,000.**
- The lifetime educational cost (year 2007 value) of hearing loss (more than 40 dB permanent loss without other disabilities) has been estimated at $115,600 per child.**
- 93% of babies who are deaf/hard of hearing are born to hearing parents.
- About 2 to 3 in every 1000 babies in the United States are born with some degree of hearing loss, making it the most common difference found in newborns.
** CDC data and statistics for hearing loss in children.