Hearing Loss Facts, Figures and Statistics

Do you have a loved one that really needs a hearing aid (or at least a hearing test) but resists your advice? People often resist seeking assistance for hearing loss, but chatting with them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing problems may help. These facts and figures could help you convince someone you care about that it is the perfect time to do something:

  • Approximately 36 million people in the US have some sort of hearing loss, which is almost one out of every five people.
  • The number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled over the past 30 years.
  • More men than women experience hearing loss.
  • Of those aged 65 and older, an average of 13% experience tinnitus. It is more common in the white population and occurs twice as much in the South as in the Northeast of the US.
  • Of the 12 million Americans with tinnitus, one million have it so severely that it interferes with everyday activities.
  • Of the people who could benefit from using a hearing aid, only one out of five people wears one.
  • Ten million people have permanent hearing loss due to noise, and 30 million more are exposed to damaging levels of noise every day.
  • Three out of four children have had an ear infection by the time they reach three years old.
  • Between two and three out of ever 1,000 children is born deaf or with a hearing impairment, and in 90% of cases is born to two hearing parents.
  • A child born to deaf parents is likely to be a hearing child 90% of the time.
  • Studies have shown that those with hearing loss experience it as mild in 65% of cases, moderate in 30% of cases and severe in 5% of cases.
  • Approximately 13,000 adults and 10,000 children in the US have cochlear implants.
  • Approximately 46,000 Americans are diagnosed with Ménière’s disease each year.
  • Hearing loss affects approximately 1.7% of children under the age of 18, 18% of those 45-64 years of age, 31% of those age 65-74, and up to 50% of those aged 75 and older.
  • Worldwide, up to 6% of all deaf and heard-of-hearing children suffer from Usher syndrome. In the United States and other developed countries that number drops down to .00004%.
  • There are approximately 4,000 new cases each year of sudden deafness in the US. In those experiencing sudden deafness, it only affects one ear 90% of the time and a mere 10% to 15% of patients have any idea what caused it.
  • Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 suffer from high frequency hearing loss due to regular exposure to loud noise either at work or during leisure activities.
  • Those with hearing loss wait an average of approximately 10 years before doing anything about it.