Approximately 20% of adults in the United States, or 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss

  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss
  • 60 percent of people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
  • 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Approximately 30 school children per 1,000 have some type of hearing loss.
  • 48 million Americans have a significant hearing loss.
  • 4% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss
  • Exposure to a noisy subway, for just 15 minutes a day overtime, can cause permanent damage to hearing over time.
  • Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for most people with hearing loss.
  • A mild hearing loss can cause a person to miss as much as 50% of discussion
  • Listening to an MP3 Player at high volumes over time can cause permanent damage to hearing.
  • With early identification and appropriate services, deaf children can develop communication skills at the same rate as their hearing peers
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 50 million people in the United States.
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
  • Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss
  • 15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help.
  • 1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss.
  • 2 out of 3 people over 75 have a hearing loss.

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