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Hearing loss facts and statistics

If you have a hearing loss, you are not alone. Hearing loss is a much more common condition than you might think.

Global statistics on hearing loss

  • Hearing loss affects more than 360 million people worldwide, that’s over 5% of world’s population*
  •  By 2025 there will be 900 million people in the world living with hearing loss
  • Every 10th person in the United States has a hearing loss – that’s over 31,000,000 people
  • There are more than 200,000 new cases of hearing loss per year in US alone
  • Twenty nine percent of people over age 65 have a hearing loss
  • One in six people between the ages of 41-59 has some degree of hearing loss
  • Every 6th baby boomer (ages 41-59) has hearing loss
  • Sixty five percent of people with hearing loss are below the retirement age
  • 1.1 billion young people (ages 12-35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings
 

Surprising facts about hearing loss

  • We hear with our brain, not with our ears. When we have a hearing loss, the connections in the brain that respond to sound get disorganized
  • Hearing loss can occur at any time in life
  • Noise-induced hearing loss is the most prevalent type of hearing loss, followed by age-related hearing loss
  • 4 out of 5 people who experience ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus,  will likely have some degree of hearing loss
  • Hearing loss can frequently co-exist with other health conditions, such as dementia, diabetes, heart and cardiovascular diseases
  • Unaddressed hearing loss can lead to social isolation, anxiety and even depression,  as well as poorer overall health
  • Eight out of 10 hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids.**

* World Health Organization 
**Better Hearing Institute

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