More than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to February 2013 research released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, a large majority of those who need hearing help fail to do so.
Here are some startling facts about hearing loss to consider:
- Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a significant hearing loss. (Center for Hearing and Communication)
- One in every three people over the age of 65 – a total of 165 million people worldwide – lives with hearing loss. (WHO)
- 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. (American Tinnitus Association)
- Of these, about 16 million have severe enough tinnitus to seek medical attention. About two million patients are so seriously debilitated that they cannot function on a “normal,” day-to-day basis. (ATA)
- 32 million people affected by hearing loss are children under the age of 15. (WHO)
- People with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help. (Center for Hearing and Communication)
- Noise is the leading cause of hearing Loss. (NY Times Personal Health Blog)
- 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels everyday. (American-Speech-Language -Hearing Association)
- A 12-year study conducted by the neurology department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.
- Only one out of every five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one. (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
Compiled By: Starkey Hearing
Helpful Hearing related LINKS
• Quick Statistics – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
• Basic Facts About Hearing Loss – Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
• Center For Hearing & Communication
• Hearing Health Foundation
• Prevalence of Hearing Loss – Better Hearing Institute
• Hearing Loss in Children – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
• Self-Reported Hearing Trouble in Adults Aged 18 and Over –(CDC)
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