Hearing Loss Facts, Figures and Statistics
Posted by : September 3, 2012
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- 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.