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Trying to find some basic facts and statistics to finally get a family member or friend to get a hearing test or be fitted for a hearing aid? It is very common for people to resist seeking assistance for hearing problems, but talking to them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing problems may help. These basic facts and stats may help you convince someone you care about that it’s the perfect time to take action:

  • Nearly 1 of of every five people in America have some sort of hearing loss – that amounts to 36 million people!
  • The number of Americans with hearing problems has doubled over the past 30 years.
  • Women are less likely to have hearing problems than men.
  • Roughly 13% of the population over age 65 will experience tinnitus – ringing in the ears.
  • Of the 12 million Americans with tinnitus, 1 million have it so badly that it interferes with everyday activities.
  • Many more people could benefit from a hearing aid than actually wear one. Some estimates say there are 4 additional individuals who could benefit, for every 1 actually using a hearing aid.
  • Noise is a key contributing factor to hearing loss. Noise has already caused permanent hearing loss for 10 million. Another 30 million are exposed to dangerous levels each and every day.
  • Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 are afflicted with high frequency hearing loss due to regular exposure to loud noise either at work or during leisure activities.
  • Around 13,000 adults and 10,000 children in the United States have cochlear implants.
  • Hearing loss categorization studies state that 5% of cases are severe, 30% moderate and 65% are classified as mild.
  • People with hearing loss delay an average of 10 years before doing anything about it. Does that describe you?