Hearing Loss Facts

Hearing loss is a global and national health crisis. My advice – know the facts and seek treatment.

Hearing Loss Prevalence – Not Just For The Old

  • According to the World Health Organization, 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. This is expected to rise to 900 million people by 2050.
  • 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 Associated With 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.

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15 thoughts on “Hearing Loss Facts

  1. […] 5. Understand the risks of untreated hearing loss. I don’t like to frighten people — they usually are scared enough already — but I do talk about the medical risks of not treating their hearing loss. Studies show that untreated hearing loss is associated with higher incidences of depression, of falling and even developing dementia. Not good. For more hearing loss facts click here. […]

  2. […] Hearing loss is associated with a number of health issues but if you are dropping out of conversations and avoiding social situations because you can’t keep up, you must watch out for your mental health too. Loneliness and depression are common in people who struggle to communicate and a trip to the audiologist could make it a whole lot easier! […]

  3. Hi

    I live reading your posts abt living with a hidden disability. I also am hard of hearing.

    Is there anyway simple way to describe what the pandamonium brain process that goes onwhen we are trying to lip read, Use residual hearing, process the sentence and guessing what’s been said… All this takes place in the brain but can register with a short delay by which time the penny has dropped. I hope u understand what I’m trying to day here.

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