Trying to find some facts and data to finally get a loved one to get a hearing evaluation or be fitted for a hearing aid? Chatting about some of the statistics related to the prevalence, causes and effects of hearing problems may at long last get them to make that initial appointment. These basic facts and figures could help you persuade a loved one that it is time to get a complete hearing test:
- Approximately 36 million individuals the US have some form of hearing loss, which is almost one out of every 5 people.
- Over the past 30 years, the number of Americans with hearing loss has approximately doubled.
- Of those aged 65 and older, approximately 13% experience .
- More people could really benefit from a hearing aid than in fact wear one. Some estimates say there are 4 additional individuals who could benefit, for every one actually using a hearing aid.
- Noise is a key contributing factor to hearing loss. Noise has already caused irreversible hearing loss for 10 million people. Another 30 million are exposed to dangerous levels each and every day.
- High frequency hearing loss due to repeated loud noise exposure affects about 26 million people in the United States (ages 20-69). This consists of recurring noise exposure from both work and recreational sources.
- Hearing loss categorization studies state that 5% of cases are severe, 30% moderate and 65% are classified as mild.
- Approximately 13,000 adults and 10,000 children in the US have cochlear implants.
- People with hearing loss delay an average of 10 years before doing anything about it. Does that describe you?