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Hearing Loss Facts, Figures and Statistics

  • Approximately 36 million people in the US have some sort of hearing loss, which is almost one out of every five people.
  • The number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled over the past 30 years.
  • More men than women experience hearing loss.
  • Of those aged 65 and older, an average of 13% experience tinnitus. It is more common in the white population and occurs twice as much in the South as in the Northeast of the US.
  • Of the 12 million Americans with tinnitus, one million have it so severely that it interferes with everyday activities.
  • Of the people who could benefit from using a hearing aid, only one out of five people wears one.
  • Ten million people have permanent hearing loss due to noise, and 30 million more are exposed to damaging levels of noise every day.
  • Three out of four children have had an ear infection by the time they reach three years old.
  • Between two and three out of ever 1,000 children is born deaf or with a hearing impairment, and in 90% of cases is born to two hearing parents.
  • A child born to deaf parents is likely to be a hearing child 90% of the time.
  • 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.
  • Approximately 13,000 adults and 10,000 children in the US have cochlear implants.
  • Approximately 46,000 Americans are diagnosed with Ménière’s disease each year.
  • Hearing loss affects approximately 1.7% of children under the age of 18, 18% of those 45-64 years of age, 31% of those age 65-74, and up to 50% of those aged 75 and older.
  • Worldwide, up to 6% of all deaf and heard-of-hearing children suffer from Usher syndrome. In the United States and other developed countries that number drops down to .00004%.
  • There are approximately 4,000 new cases each year of sudden deafness in the US. In those experiencing sudden deafness, it only affects one ear 90% of the time and a mere 10% to 15% of patients have any idea what caused it.
  • Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 suffer from high frequency hearing loss due to regular exposure to loud noise either at work or during leisure activities.
  • Those with hearing loss wait an average of approximately 10 years before doing anything about it.

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