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20 Interesting Facts About Hearing Loss

February 21, 2023

Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.

  • Hearing loss affects 466 million people worldwide.
  • 1 in 6 baby boomers have hearing loss.
  • 1 in 3 adults over the age of 60 live with damaged hearing.
  • Men in their 50s are three times as likely to have hearing difficulty than women of the same age.
  • Those who do not use hearing aids earn $20,000 less annually than those who use hearing aids.
  • 60% of those with hearing loss are still in the workplace or an education setting. It is not just hearing loss in the elderly.
  • A 12-year Johns Hopkins study found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.
  • 50 million Americans report tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
  • You are 3x more likely to fall if you have hearing difficulties.
  • 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.
  • Studies have shown that people with hearing difficulties are at an increased risk of depression and anxiety.
  • People wait an average of 7 years before they seek help with their hearing.
  • 22% of Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace.
  • 1 in 5 American teens have some degree of hearing difficulty. It is not all age-related.
  • Even a mild loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom information.
  • Hearing issues are the most common service-connected disability among veterans.
  • Half of those over age 75 have difficulty hearing.
  • 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.


Find out if any of these facts impact you. Have your hearing tested today to stay in the best health possible.

17 Interesting Facts About Hearing Loss
Interesting facts about hearing.