17 Interesting Facts About Hearing Loss

Updated: Feb 24

  • Approximately 38.2 million Americans (14.3 percent) report some degree of hearing loss.

  • 1 in 6 baby boomers has hearing loss.

  • 1 in 3 adults over the age of 60 live with disabling hearing loss.

  • Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.

  • Those with unaided hearing loss earn $20,000 less annually than those who used hearing aids.

  • 60% of those with hearing loss are still in the workplace or an education setting.

  • A 12-year Johns Hopkins study found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.

  • Five out of 6 children experience ear infection (otitis media) by the time they are 3 years old.

  • More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

  • People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before they seek help.

  • 22% of Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace.

  • 1 in 5 American teens have some degree of hearing loss.

  • Even a mild loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom information.

  • 50 million Americans report tinnitus or ringing in the ears.

  • Hearing issues are the most common service-connected disability among veterans.

  • Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one.

  • Hearing Loss is twice as common in people with diabetes.

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