Hearing Loss Stats that may Shock You

Do you have a loved one that needs a hearing aid (or at least a hearing test) but won’t go along with your advice? Chatting about some of the data related to the frequency, causes and effects of hearing problems may finally get them to make that first appointment. Below are some basic facts and stats to help you make your case:

  • Roughly 13% of the population over age 65 will experience tinnitus – ringing in the ears.
  • Approximately 36 million people in the United States have some sort of hearing loss, which is almost 1 out of every 5 people.
  • The number of Americans with hearing problems has doubled over the past 3 decades.
  • Of the 12 million Americans with tinnitus, 1 million have it so badly that it disrupts everyday activities.
  • Noise is a key contributing factor to hearing loss. Noise has already caused irreversible hearing loss for 10 million. Another 30 million are exposed to harmful levels each and every day.
  • More people could really benefit from a hearing aid than in fact wear one. Some estimates say there are 4 additional individuals who could benefit, for every 1 actually using a hearing aid.
  • Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 suffer from high frequency hearing loss due to repeated exposure to loud noise either at work or during leisure activities.
  • Close to 23,000 people in the US have cochlear implants – 43 percent of the them children.
  • People with hearing loss delay an average of approximately ten years before doing anything about it. Does this describe you or someone you love?