Trying to find some basic facts and statistics to finally get a family member or friend to have 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 loss may finally get them to make that very first appointment. These basic facts and stats may help you persuade a loved one that it’s time to have their hearing tested by a professional:

  • Of those aged 65 and older, an average of 13% experience tinnitus.
  • Nearly one of of every 5 people in the United States have some form of hearing loss – that amounts to 36 million people!
  • More men than women experience hearing problems.
  • Over the past 30 years, the number of Americans with hearing loss has approximately doubled.
  • Ten million people have irreversible loss of hearing due to noise, and 30 million more are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day.
  • Of the individuals who could benefit from using a hearing aid, only one out of five people wears one.
  • One million Americans have tinnitus that is so severe it gets in the way of everyday living.
  • Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 suffer from high frequency hearing loss caused by regular exposure to loud noise either on the job or during leisure activities.
  • Roughly 23,000 people in the United States have cochlear implants – 43% of the them children.
  • People with hearing loss delay an average of 10 years before doing anything about it. Does that describe you?
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