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.