Trying to find some facts and statistics to finally get a loved one to get a hearing evaluation or be fitted for a hearing aid? Discussing some of the statistics related to the frequency, causes and effects of hearing loss may finally encourage them to make that initial appointment. These facts and stats may help you convince a loved one that it’s the perfect time to get a full hearing evaluation:
- Roughly 13% of the population over age 65 will experience tinnitus – ringing in the ears.
- Approximately 36 million individuals the United States have some kind of hearing loss, which is almost one out of every five people.
- Over the past 3 decades, the number of Americans with hearing loss has approximately doubled.
- Noise is a key contributing factor to hearing loss. Noise has already resulted in permanent hearing loss for 10 million. Another 30 million are exposed to dangerous levels on a daily basis.
- One million Americans have tinnitus that is so severe it gets in the way of day to day living.
- More people could benefit from a hearing aid than in fact wear one. Some estimates say there are 4 additional people who could benefit, for every one actually using a hearing aid.
- Hearing loss categorization studies state that 5% of cases are severe, 30% moderate and 65% are classified as mild.
- High frequency hearing loss caused by regular loud noise exposure affects about 26 million people in the US (ages 20-69). This includes repeated noise exposure from both work and leisure sources.
- Those with hearing loss wait approximately a decade before taking any action. Don’t let this be you!