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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Hearing Loss Statistics We Don’t Like to Hear

Hearing loss statistics we don't like to hearMost people don’t like to think about hearing loss. Since hearing loss is often considered a problem for senior citizens, individuals feel comfortable dismissing information regarding hearing loss, considering it only a potential problem when they get older.

But, there are a number of alarming hearing loss statistics that make it clear that hearing loss is an issue for everyone of all ages around the world.

Childhood Hearing Loss Statistics

Hearing loss in childhood can severely impair the development of children. From their ability to hit developmental milestones to restricting their ability to socialize with peers, children with hearing loss can be severely held back by untreated hearing loss. It is estimated that 14.9% of children ages 6-19 have hearing loss—yet, not all these children will receive treatment.

Other childhood hearing loss statistics are:

  • 60% of children with hearing loss could have had their hearing loss prevented.
  • 34 million children worldwide have disabling hearing loss, which means the loss is greater than 30 decibels (dB) lost in their “good” ear.
  • 90% of children who are deaf are born to parents who can hear.
  • 5 out of 6 children will experience an ear infection by the time they reach 3 years old, which can contribute to hearing damage.
  • 1.1 billion children and young adults—ages 12-35—are at-risk of noise-induced hearing loss due to recreational activities.

Here at Hearing & Balance Doctors, we work with hearing patients of all ages. While our patients are generally adults, we have worked with children and teenagers in the past, and we are happy to do our best for your child.

Adult Hearing Loss Statistics

When it comes to hearing loss in adults, the impact differs from how childhood hearing loss affects children but is no less problematic. While adults may not have developmental milestones to miss, when they have untreated hearing loss, many adults struggle to socialize, can feel isolated and frustrated, as well as struggle with depression. Around 28.8 million Americans alone could benefit from using hearing aids, but only a fraction of them are using hearing assistive devices.

Other adult hearing loss data points are:

  • 15% of Americans who are 18 years old and older have reported hearing difficulties.
  • 466 million adults worldwide have disabling hearing loss, which means the loss is greater than 40 dB lost in their “good” ear.
  • #1 workplace injury in America is hearing loss, with around 22 million workers being yearly exposed to auditory damage.
  • Individuals between 60-69 have the highest amount of hearing loss.
  • 10% of American adults have experienced about five minutes of tinnitus.
  • You are 5 times more likely to develop dementia with untreated moderate-to-severe hearing loss.

However, one of the most significant hearing loss statistics is that only 17% of people who need hearing aids are using them.

Only 17% Of People Who Need Hearing Aids Are Using Them

There is a range of reasons why people aren’t using hearing aids. Sometimes, the issue is due to the cost of hearing aids. For others, there is a stigma of seeming old if hearing aids are needed. Yet, these hurdles can be addressed by working with our doctors of audiology.

As for the cost of hearing aids, our audiologists offer a wide range of hearing aids to help meet any budget. That way, you don’t feel like you have to buy the latest, high-priced hearing aids.

However, if your main issue is aesthetics, you might be surprised by what modern hearing aids look like! Not only can you find many discreet hearing aids that can be easily hidden, but some hearing aids brands have leaned in and develop attractive hearing aids to complement the personal style of the wearer.

If you are concerned about your hearing and want to get it checked, please contact us today to set up your hearing evaluation. By taking the time once a year to have your hearing assessed by our doctors of audiology, you can protect yourself from many of the problems that come with untreated hearing loss.

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