Are you searching for some basic facts and statistics to finally get a family member or friend to have a hearing evaluation or be fitted for a hearing aid? People often avoid seeking help for hearing loss, but talking to them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing problems may help. These basic facts and statistics could help you persuade someone you care about that it's time to do something:
hearing loss statistics
- Approximately 36 million people in the US have some form of hearing loss, which is almost 1 out of every 5 people.
- The number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled over the past 30 years.
- Women are less likely to develop hearing problems than men.
- Of those aged 65 and older, an average of 13% experience tinnitus - a ringing in the ears.
- One million Americans have tinnitus that is so intense it gets in the way of everyday life.
- Many more people could benefit from a hearing aid than in fact wear one. Some estimates claim there are 4 additional people who could benefit, for every one actually using a hearing aid.
- Noise is a key contributing factor to hearing loss. Noise has already resulted in permanent hearing loss for 10 million. Another 30 million people are exposed to unsafe noise levels on a daily basis.
- High frequency hearing loss caused by recurring loud noise exposure impacts about 26 million people in the United States (ages 20-69). This includes repeated noise exposure from both work and leisure sources.
- About 23,000 people in the US have cochlear implants - 43 percent of the them children.
- Studies have shown that those with hearing loss experience it as mild in 65% of cases, moderate in 30% of cases and severe in 5% of cases.
- Those with hearing loss delay approximately a decade before taking any action. Don't let this be you or someone you love!