Hearing Loss & Hearing Aid Statistics

If you have been diagnosed with a hearing loss, you may feel isolated and alone. But you shouldn’t. Did you know that according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 15% of adults aged 18 and over in the U.S. report some difficulty hearing. In fact, hearing loss is the 3rd most common physical condition, with many people around the world having a form of hearing loss. Positively, most forms of hearing loss can be treated with a hearing aid, with treatment showing positive benefits. Below, we explore some of the statistics surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids.

Hearing Loss Statistics

  • Estimates show that worldwide, 466 million people have disabling hearing loss. Of these, 34 million are children. (source)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss by 2050. (source)
  • Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69, with the greatest amount of hearing loss in the 60 to 69 age group. (source)
  • 33% of Americans between ages 65-74 and nearly 50% of those 75+ have hearing loss. (source)
  • Causes of hearing loss may include: (source)
    • Complications at birth
    • Certain infectious diseases
    • Genetics
    • Chronic ear infections
    • Drug use
    • Exposure to excessive noise
    • Ageing
  • The costs of profound hearing loss over a lifetime can be as much as $1 million per person in the U.S. (source)
  • Tinnitus affects ~10% of Americans on a regular basis. (source)
  • 25 million American adults report experiencing tinnitus for five or more continuous minutes in the past year. (source)
  • 16 million people seek medical attention for tinnitus. (source)
  • Roughly 90 percent of tinnitus cases occur with an underlying hearing loss. (source)

Treating Hearing Loss With Hearing Aids

Although a diagnosis of hearing loss can be life-altering, seeking treatment can also be life-changing. Yet according to the NIDCD, about 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids. Here are some of the top reasons to speak to your local hearing care professional about treating your hearing loss with hearing aids.

  • Improved communication. Hearing aids can facilitate communication by ensuring you’re catching the conversation.
  • Protect your brain. A John Hopkins study found that untreated hearing loss could cause cognitive decline to speed up by as much as 30-40%. (source)
  • Untreated hearing loss leaves you twice as likely to develop dementia. (source)
  • Reduce symptoms of tinnitus. Most cases of tinnitus are accompanied by a hearing loss. Certain hearing aid devices are even especially equipped to help with tinnitus symptoms. If you’d like to learn more about using hearing aids as a treatment for tinnitus, contact us at Audionics NYC.

Trust the Experts at Audionics NYC

Hearing loss can develop over a number of years, but its gradual progression can make it harder to recognize. If you suspect that your hearing may have changed recently, we recommend booking in a hearing assessment with the hearing care professionals at Audionics. If you would like to book in a complimentary assessment, contact us today and schedule an appointment at our Manhattan hearing clinic location in the historic DuMont Building right on 53rd Street & Madison Avenue.