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Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hearing Loss Statistics

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Untreated hearing loss has been shown to reduce alertness, impair memory, cause depression and isolation, interfere with relationships, reduce job performance and compensation, and to diminish overall health, both mental and physical. That’s why treating hearing loss is now known to be one of the best things people can do to stay healthy and happy as they age. And yet, the statistics of hearing loss indicate that few are aware of the seriousness of this condition.

Question: Do you know the number of American workers who are exposed to dangerous noise levels each year?
Answer: 22 million Americans are exposed to potential damaging noise levels each year.

Question: What percentage of occupational illness due to hearing loss is reported each year?
Answer: Hearing loss constitutes fourteen percent of the occupational illnesses reported each year.

Question: What percentage of U.S. adults 18 to 29 believes they have suffered some type of hearing loss?
Answer: 35% of adults 18 to 29 believe they have suffered some kind of hearing loss.

Question: What percentage of adults 65 and older report they have never had a hearing test?
Answer: 21% of adults 65 and older say they have never had a hearing test.

Question: What percentage of adults in the U.S. believes hearing tests are readily available to them?
Answer: Only 56% of U.S. adults believe hearing tests are readily available to them.

Question: What percentage of adults have had their hearing tested within the last three years?
Answer: Only 39% of adults say they have had a hearing test within the last three years.

Question: What percentage of U.S. adults believes they have suffered a hearing loss?
Answer: 48% of U.S. adults believe they have a hearing loss.

Question: Is hearing loss among the top most common physically detrimental conditions?
Answer: Hearing loss is the third most common physically detrimental condition after arthritis and heart disease.

Question: What condition is usually mistaken for hearing loss in older adults?
Answer: Dementia is most often mistaken for hearing loss in older adults.

Although a huge majority of workers are exposed to harmful noise levels, many U.S. adults believe they have hearing loss, and older adults are more likely to have hearing loss few of these groups are committing to an annual hearing exam. If you or someone you love hasn't had their hearing checked lately, make an appointment with your audiologist. 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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