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Estimating the global costs of hearing loss

McDaid, David ORCID: 0000-0003-0744-2664, Park, A-La ORCID: 0000-0002-4704-4874 and Chadha, Shelly (2021) Estimating the global costs of hearing loss. International Journal of Audiology, 60 (3). 162 - 170. ISSN 1499-2027

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14992027.2021.1883197


Objective: To estimate the global costs of hearing loss in 2019. Design: Prevalence-based costing model. Study sample: Hearing loss data from the 2019 Global Burden of Disease study. Additional non-hearing related health care costs, educational support, exclusion from the labour force in countries with full employment and societal costs posed by lost quality of life were determined. All costs were reported in 2019 purchasing power parity (PPP) adjusted international dollars. Results: Total global economic costs of hearing loss exceeded $981 billion. 47% of costs were related to quality of life losses, with 32% due to additional costs of poor health in people with hearing loss. 57% of costs were outside of high-income countries. 6.5% of costs were for children aged 0–14. In scenario analysis a 5% reduction in prevalence of hearing loss would reduce global costs by $49 billion. Conclusion: This analysis highlights major economic consequences of not taking action to address hearing loss worldwide. Small reductions in prevalence and/or severity of hearing loss could avert substantial economic costs to society. These cost estimates can also be used to help in modelling the cost effectiveness of interventions to prevent/tackle hearing loss and strengthen the case for investment.

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Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2021 10:30
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 17:51

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