Hearing Loss Statistics
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), roughly 15% of adults aged 18+ in the United States report some difficulty hearing. In fact, hearing loss is the third most chronic physical condition in the U.S., meaning it’s more common than diabetes or cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with a hearing loss, you may feel isolated at the moment. But you are not alone! Here are some hearing loss statistics.
Hearing Loss Statistics
- 466 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss, with 34 million of these being children. (source)
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2050, over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss. (source)
- The strongest predictor of hearing loss in adults 20-69 years old is age. The age group 60-69 has the highest amount of hearing loss. (source)
- 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
- Genetic predisposition
- Use of drugs
- Certain medications (learn more about ototoxic medications)
- Chronic ear infections
- Certain infectious diseases
- Loud Noise (see more about how noise affects your health)
- The Hearing Health Foundation estimates that in the United States, profound hearing loss over a lifetime can cost as much as $1 million per person. (source)
- Approximately 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)
Treating Hearing Loss
Although we’ve just covered how common hearing loss is, many people will wait years before seeking treatment. On average, hearing aid users wait over 10 years after their initial diagnosis to be fit with their first set of hearing aids (Davis, Smith, Ferguson, Stephens, & Gianopoulos, 2007). Almost 30 million American adults could benefit from hearing aids, according to the NIDCD.
The benefits of treating a hearing loss can be far reaching, beyond simply improving your ability to hear. From improved social well-being to helping protect your brain, treating a hearing loss can be life changing.
Trust The Experts At Anderson Audiology
Seeking treatment for a hearing loss can help reduce the effect it has on your life. If you believe you may need a hearing assessment, get started with our free hearing loss checklist. Book in an appointment with the hearing professionals at Anderson Audiology today. Contact us to schedule an appointment today at one of our five convenient audiology clinic locations in southern Nevada.