17 Interesting Facts About Hearing Loss

17 Interesting Facts About Hearing Loss

February 25, 2021
  • Approximately 38.2 million Americans (14.3 percent) report some degree of hearing loss.
  • 1 in 6 baby boomers has hearing loss.
  • 1 in 3 adults over the age of 60 live with disabling hearing loss.
  • Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.
  • Those with unaided hearing loss earn $20,000 less annually than those who used hearing aids.
  • 60% of those with hearing loss are still in the workplace or an education setting.
  • A 12-year Johns Hopkins study found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.
  • Five out of 6 children experience ear infection (otitis media) by the time they are 3 years old.
  • More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before they seek help.
  • 22% of Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace.
  • 1 in 5 American teens have some degree of hearing loss.
  • Even a mild loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom information.
  • 50 million Americans report tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
  • Hearing issues are the most common service-connected disability among veterans.
  • Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one.
  • Hearing Loss is twice as common in people with diabetes.