Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hearing Loss Statistics

Statistics show both grandpa and grandson can have hearing loss.

39 million people suffer from hearing loss in the United States and 500 million people worldwide. As hearing loss among Americans rises, so too do the statistics surrounding it. This data tells an interesting and often surprising story about the people with hearing loss.

Untreated hearing loss has been shown to reduce alertness, cause depression, interfere with relationships, and reduce job compensation. Here are the startling statistics about hearing loss that you might not know:

• Noise induced hearing loss is now the most common type of hearing loss.
• The prevalence of hearing loss among US adolescents has risen by about 30% since 1994.
• 12 percent of children between the ages of six and 19 suffer from noise-induced hearing loss — about 5.2 million kids.
• Hearing loss is the most self-reported work-related condition.
• 14% of the adult population has hearing loss.
• 30-40% of people over 65 have some type of hearing loss.
• Exposure to a noisy subway for 15 minutes daily can permanently damage hearing over time.
• Even a mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.
• People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
• 15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help.
• 1.3 million children under the age of three have hearing loss.
• Hearing loss that is left untreated can impact mental and physical health.
• People affected by moderate to severe untreated hearing loss reported feeling sad or depressed more frequently than hearing aid owners.

Statistics About Hearing Aids

Today’s hearing aids are sophisticated computers that automatically adjust to the environment, users preferences, deliver organic sounds, and eliminate background noise.

• 72 percent of U.S. respondents agreed that their hearing aids were worth the investment.
• The majority (83 percent) of hearing aid users agreed their quality of life improved with better hearing.
• More than three-fourths of U.S. hearing aid respondents said their devices have a positive influence on their general mood.
• 68 percent reported improved mental fitness, evidenced by heightened receptiveness and improved concentration.
Hearing aids have been shown to improve quality of life for people with hearing loss.

In the wake of new data showing that taking care of hearing is one of the most important things people can do to benefit their health as they age, there is a plethora of trends to promote and maintain healthy hearing. The best way to care for your hearing is to see a hearing health professional. A trained audiologist or ENT has the skills and education needed to properly diagnose and treat the subtle nuances of hearing loss. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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