Five surprising facts about hearing, ranging from what happens to when sound enters our ears to why hearing loss can actually be exhausting. When it comes to hearing, our ears aren’t the only ones working hard to get the message across. Read more
Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy Hearing Last updated November 30, 20192017-12-07T00:00:00-06002019-11-30T00:00:00-0600
If you are curious about the prevalence and impact of hearing loss, check out these quick facts and statistics. 2019593Hearing 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.
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
Debbie Clason holds a master's degree from Indiana University. Her impressive client list includes financial institutions, real estate developers, physicians, pharmacists and nonprofit organizations.
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