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Hearing loss facts and statistics
Common questions and answers regarding hearing loss

Hearing loss is more common than you might think, affecting approximately 1 in 8 Americans*. If you have hearing loss, you’re not alone.

  • Approximately 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss.
  • 25% of those aged 65 to 74 have disabling hearing loss.
  • 50% of those who are 75 and older have disabling hearing loss.
  • Among adults aged 20 to 69, men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss.
  • Hearing issues are the most common service-connected disability among American veterans.

*National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Hearing Loss Often Goes Untreated

  • People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
  • 80% of people with hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids, but only 1 in 4 of those individuals use them.
  • People with untreated hearing loss earned on average $20,000 less annually than those who used hearing aids or other treatment.
  • The risk of dementia may be up to five times greater, and the risk of falling three times greater, among people with untreated hearing loss.

Tinnitus Is Extremely Common, Too

  • An estimated 50 million Americans experience tinnitus (persistent ringing, buzzing or roaring in one or both ears).
  • 90% of those with tinnitus also have some type of hearing loss.
  • Roughly 10% of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year.

The Problem of Noise and Hearing Loss

  • About 25% of all workers have been exposed to hazardous noise, with 14% (22 million) exposed in the last year.
  • 53% of noise-exposed workers report not wearing hearing protection.
  • Nearly 50% of persons aged 12 to 35 years could be exposed to unsafe noise from personal listening devices, and 40% in this age group could be exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues.

Facts and statistics based on research by the following organizations:

  1. World Health Organization
  2. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders
  3. Hearing Loss Association of America
  4. Hearing Health Foundation
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Take the first step toward better hearing
Hearing loss is a health issue that may require medical attention, so it is important not to ignore it. If you suspect or have been diagnosed with hearing loss, accepting hearing loss and taking action early can dramatically improve your quality of life. Schedule a free hearing screening with your nearest Beltone hearing care professional as soon as possible.
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