Hearing Loss Statistics
Approximately 20 percent of adults in the United States report some degree of hearing loss. Learn more about the statistics of hearing loss below.
- At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss
- 60% of people with hearing loss are either in the workforce 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, 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.
- One out of three people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss.
- Two out of three people over 75 have a hearing loss.