Hearing Loss Statistics

Although hearing loss can make you feel alone or isolated, it shouldn’t. Hearing loss is actually the 3rd most common physical condition. Many people around the world have hearing loss. These statistics explore the causes and frequency of hearing loss across the United States and the rest of the world. Statistics also reveal that early detection and treatment of hearing loss provide benefits.

  • Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss; 34 million are children. (source)
  • It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss. (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 include: (source)
    • Genetic causes
    • Complications at birth
    • Certain infectious diseases
    • Chronic ear infections
    • Drug use
    • Exposure to excessive noise
    • Ageing
  • 60% of childhood hearing loss is preventable. (source)
  • 1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to recreational noise. (source)
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. (source)
  • Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss. (source)
  • Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of 750 billion international dollars. Interventions to prevent, identify and address hearing loss are cost-effective and can bring great benefit to individuals. (source)
  • People with hearing loss benefit from early identification; use of hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices; captioning and sign language; and other forms of educational and social support. (source)
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss. (source)
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings. (source)
  • Lifetime costs of profound hearing loss can be as much as $1 million per person in the U.S. (source)
  • Tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in ears) 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)

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