Are you looking for some basic facts and statistics to finally get a loved one to have a hearing evaluation or be fitted for a hearing aid? People often avoid seeking assistance for hearing loss, but talking to them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing loss can help. Here are some basic facts and statistics to help you make your case:

  • Women are less likely to develop hearing problems than men.
  • Of those aged 65 and older, an average of 13% experience tinnitus.
  • Nearly one of of every five people in the US have some kind of hearing loss – that is 36 million people!
  • Over the past 30 years, the number of Americans with hearing loss has approximately doubled.
  • One million Americans have tinnitus that is so intense it gets in the way of daily life.
  • Of the people who could benefit from using a hearing aid, just one out of 5 people wears one.
  • Ten million people have permanent loss of hearing due to noise, and 30 million more are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every day.
  • Roughly 13,000 adults and 10,000 children in the United States have cochlear implants.
  • Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 are afflicted with high frequency hearing loss due to recurring exposure to loud noise either at work or during leisure activities.
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of 10 years before doing anything about it. Does this describe you?