Hearing Loss Statistics
In the United States, approximately 15% of adults over 18 report a certain difficulty hearing according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Hearing loss is the third most chronic physical condition in the U.S., making it more prevalent than both cancer and diabetes. A hearing loss diagnosis may have left you feeling alone, but we’re here to say you most certainly are not. Below, we provide statistics on hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Statistics
- Around the world, it is estimated that 466 million people have a disabling hearing loss. 34 million of these are children. (source)
- By 2050, 900+ million people will have a disabling hearing loss according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (source)
- Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss in people aged 20-69. The highest amount of hearing loss is in those aged 60-69. (source)
- Approximately 33% of American adults aged 65-74 and almost 50% of those aged 75+ have hearing loss. (source)
- Causes of hearing loss may include: (source)
- Natural aging
- Autoimmune inner ear disease
- Ototoxic medications
- Chronic ear infections
- Exposure to loud Noise (check out 6 ways noise can affect your health)
- In the United States, profound hearing loss can cost as much as $1 million per person over the course of a lifetime, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. (source)
- Estimates show that 10% of Americans experience Tinnitus on a regular basis. (source)
- 25 million American adults report experiencing tinnitus for five or more continuous minutes in the past year. (source)
- 16 million people seek medical attention for tinnitus. (source)
Hearing Loss Treatment
Despite how common hearing loss is, many people will wait years before seeking any treatment from a hearing care specialist. Studies have shown that hearing aid users often wait over 10 years after an initial diagnosis of hearing loss before getting hearing aids. (Davis, Smith, Ferguson, Stephens, & Gianopoulos, 2007). The NIDCD estimates that roughly 30 million American adults could benefit from hearing aids.
There are many benefits to treating a hearing loss. Our blog covers many, ranging from helping to protect your brain to improving confidence.
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