Hearing Loss Facts that may Shock You

Are you searching for some facts and data to finally get a loved one to have a hearing test or be fitted for a hearing aid? Talking over some of the statistics related to the frequency, causes and effects of hearing problems may at long last encourage them to make that initial appointment. Here are some basic facts and statistics to help you make your case:

  • Approximately 36 million individuals the US have some form of hearing loss, which is almost one out of every five people.
  • Over the past 3 decades, the number of Americans with hearing loss has roughly doubled.
  • More men than women experience hearing loss.
  • Roughly 13% of the population over age 65 will experience tinnitus – ringing in the ears.
  • One million Americans have tinnitus that is so intense it gets in the way of everyday life.
  • More people could really benefit from a hearing aid than actually wear one. Some estimates claim there are 4 additional people who could benefit, for every one actually using a hearing aid.
  • Ten million people have permanent loss of hearing due to noise, and 30 million more are exposed to damaging noise levels every day.
  • Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 are afflicted with high frequency hearing loss caused by repeated exposure to loud noise either at work or during leisure activities.
  • About 23,000 people in the United States have cochlear implants – 43% of the them children.
  • Hearing loss categorization studies state that 5% of cases are severe, 30% moderate and 65% are classified as mild.
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of approximately ten years before doing anything about it. Does that describe you or someone you love?
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