People are often surprised how common hearing loss is — 360 million people worldwide which includes almost 50 million in the United States alone. Hearing loss is not only for the old, but now impacts 1 in 5 teenagers and 60% of returning soldiers. It is associated with dangerous health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Hearing loss is a tremendous and growing health crisis. Be sure you know the facts so you can help educate others.
Hearing Loss Prevalence Is Growing
- According to the World Health Organization, 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.
- There are 48 million people in the US with hearing loss, yet only 2 million consider themselves Deaf, using sign language as their primary mode of communication.
- One in 5 teenagers has hearing loss. This study was published in 2010, so the numbers are probably higher today.
- 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan come home with hearing loss and tinnitus.
- Hearing loss and tinnitus are the #1 and #2 most prevalent war wounds.
- According to the Better Hearing Institute, 65% of people with hearing loss are below age 65.
- About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.
- On average, it takes seven to 10 years before someone with hearing loss seeks treatment for it.
Hearing Loss Is Linked To Many Health Problems
- Hearing loss is associated with a higher risk of falls. People with a mild hearing loss are nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. Each additional 10-decibels of loss increases the chances of falling by 1.4 times.
- Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes. Among people with pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose levels.
- Those with even mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia and this likelihood increases with higher degrees of hearing loss.
- Hearing loss is linked to accelerated brain tissue loss.
- There is a high correlation between hearing loss and cardiovascular disease.
- Roughly 10 percent of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year. Hearing loss occurs in 90% of tinnitus cases.
Want more hearing loss facts? Check out these helpful links.
- Quick Statistics – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
- Basic Facts About Hearing Loss – Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
- Facts About Hearing Loss – Center For Hearing & Communication
- Hearing Loss & Tinnitus Statistics – Hearing Health Foundation
- Prevalence of Hearing Loss – Better Hearing Institute
- Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Children – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Self-Reported Hearing Trouble in Adults Aged 18 and Over – Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Hearing Loss Stats for the UK – Action on Hearing Loss
Readers, do you know your hearing loss facts?