Hidden hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that originates in the brain (instead of the ears) and isn't detectable on standard hearing tests. People with hidden hearing loss struggle to hear in real-world situations, but are able to pass a hearing test without any problems. Read more
Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy Hearing Last updated 2017-12-07T00:00:00-06:002019-11-30T00:00:00-06:00
If you are curious about the prevalence and impact of hearing loss, check out these quick facts and statistics. 2019632Hearing loss statistics at a glancehttps://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52814-Hearing-loss-statistics-at-a-glance
Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease, affecting people of all ages. This is what hearing loss looks like by the numbers.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states "approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing."
Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults; 91% of adults with hearing loss are aged 50 and older
Those older than 80 have the greatest amount of hearing loss
Adult men in their 50s are three times as likely to have hearing loss than women of the same age, but as they age, hearing loss rates become similar among the sexes
As women age, they may have more difficulty hearing at lower frequencies than do men.
Approximately 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. Most children in the US receive newborn hearing screening.
More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents
Of the 28.8 million Americans (age 20-69) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids, fewer than 16 percent have ever used them.
Of those age 70 and older who could benefit from wearing hearing aids, fewer than 30 percent have ever used them.
Financial impact of hearing loss
According to a survey by the Better Hearing Institute, hearing loss negatively impacts household income on average up to $12,000 per year. The use of hearing aids mitigates that loss by as much as 50 percent.
The impact of hearing loss is estimated to be more than $100 billion annually.
In a 15 percent tax bracket, the total cost to society in unrealized taxes is estimated to be more than $18 billion.
Related health conditions
Ear Infections: Five out of six children experience an ear infection by the time they are three years old.
Diabetes: Hearing loss is twice as common in people who have diabetes than in those without.
Tinnitus: 25 percent of American adults have experienced tinnitus lasting for at least five minutes in the past year.
The statistics tell the story of just how much hearing loss impacts our lives, relationships and careers. Find more information here on our website and, when you are ready to get help, visit our directory of hearing healthcare professionals to find a hearing aid clinic near you and make the call.
Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy Hearing
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