Do you have a loved one that needs a hearing aid (or at least a hearing test) but resists your suggestions? People often resist seeking help for hearing problems, but talking to them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing problems can help. Listed below are some facts and statistics to help you make your case:
- Women are less likely to have hearing loss than men.
- Approximately 36 million individuals the United States have some type of hearing loss, which is almost one out of every 5 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.
- Ten million people have irreversible loss of hearing due to noise, and 30 million more people are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every day.
- One million Americans have tinnitus that is so severe it gets in the way of everyday living.
- Of the individuals who could benefit from using a hearing aid, just one out of five people wears one.
- High frequency hearing loss caused by repeated loud noise exposure affects 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 delay roughly 10 years before taking any action. Don’t let this be you or someone you love!