Do you have a loved one that really needs a hearing aid, or at a minimum a hearing test, but resists your advice? It is very common for people to avoid seeking help for hearing loss, but talking to them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing problems can help. These facts and stats could help you convince someone you care about that it is the perfect time to get a full hearing evaluation:
- Approximately 36 million people in the United States have some kind of hearing loss, which is almost 1 out of every five people.
- Roughly 13% of the population over age 65 will experience tinnitus – ringing in the ears.
- Over the past 30 years, the number of Americans with hearing loss has approximately doubled.
- Many more people could really benefit from a hearing aid than in fact wear one. Some estimates say there are four additional individuals who could benefit, for every 1 actually using a hearing aid.
- Noise is a major contributing factor to hearing loss. Noise has already resulted in permanent hearing loss for 10 million people. Another 30 million people are exposed to harmful noise levels on a daily basis.
- Research studies have indicated that those with hearing loss experience it as mild in 65% of cases, moderate in 30% of cases and severe in 5% of cases.
- High frequency hearing loss caused by regular loud noise exposure impacts about 26 million people in the US (ages 20-69). This includes regular noise exposure from both work and recreational sources.
- People with hearing loss wait an average of approximately 10 years before doing anything about it. Does this describe you?