Cedar Audiology Associates - Cleveland, OH

Far too many times, we hear people claim that hearing loss only impacts “old people,” that it’s just part of growing old, or that it’s generally an uncommon condition.

These statements couldn’t be further from the truth.

Here are statistics you need to know about:

Prevalence of hearing loss in the US

Hearing loss, to some extent, impacts 20 percent of all Americans, or 48 million people, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. If everyone with hearing loss in the US resided in the same state, its population would be larger than the whole state of California by 10 million people.

1 out of every 5 people in the US has some type of hearing loss, even if that hearing loss is unknown and untreated. Which means, the chances that you know someone with hearing loss or have hearing loss yourself is, unfortunately, relatively high.

Additionally, from 2000 to 2015, the number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled, and internationally the number is up by 44 percent. This makes hearing loss the second most common health issue globally. In fact, those living with hearing loss exceed in number those living with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes combined.

Hearing loss by age group

Although 1 out of 5 people in the US has some degree of hearing loss, we’re still only talking about older people, correct?

This is a popular myth, but the reply is an unmistakable no.

According to the Better Hearing Institute, of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss, only about 35 percent are 65 years of age or older. Well over 30 million Americans under the age of 65 have hearing loss. Of those:

  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59) have some kind of hearing loss.
  • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40) already have hearing loss.
  • 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems.
  • 2-3 out of 1,000 infants are born with a perceptible amount of hearing loss in one or both ears.

Although hearing loss is prevalent throughout all age groups, the severity of hearing loss does have the tendency to increase with age. Whereas only around 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have debilitating hearing loss, the rate rises to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64, about 25 percent for adults aged 65 to 74, and around 50 percent for adults aged 75 and older.

The causes of hearing loss

Hearing loss is highly prevalent (both in the US and all around the world), affects all age groups, and has grown to be more prevalent as time passes. What’s the cause behind all of this?

There are many causes, but the two chief causes of hearing loss are direct exposure to loud sound and the aging process.

Concerning sound exposure, the NIDCD estimates that approximately 15 percent of Americans (26 million people) between the ages of 20 and 69 suffer from hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud sounds on the job or during leisure activities.

The World Health Organization has also reported that 1.1 billion teens and young adults across the globe are in danger of developing hearing loss from the use of personal music players played at excess volumes.

In regard to aging, the population of individuals aged 65 years and older is expanding, and hearing loss is more prevalent among this group.

Can hearing aids help?

The best defense against hearing loss is protecting your ears. Keeping away from loud noise, increasing your distance between the sources of loud noise, and wearing custom ear protection are three tactics that can spare your hearing.

But what happens if you currently have hearing loss?

Fortunately, owing to the developments in technology and hearing healthcare, nearly all cases of hearing loss can be treated. And unlike the hearing aids of 10-15 years ago, today’s hearing aids have proven to be highly effective.

A current study by the Journal of the American Medical Association discovered that hearing aids (three popular types examined) are in fact generally effective, concluding that “each [hearing aid] circuit provided significant benefit in quiet and noisy listening situations.”

Patients have also noticed the benefits: The National Center for Biotechnology Information, after examining many years of research, concluded that “studies have shown that users are quite satisfied with their hearing aids.”

Likewise, a recent MarkeTrak consumer satisfaction survey found that, for people with hearing aids four years of age or less, 78.6{cdb78ae2d183aa312f4188be7f6bc8f99bbda397365b47ecb6e1dcf848d64ae2} were satisfied with their hearing aid performance.


The statistics speak for themselves, and your odds of developing hearing loss are unfortunately quite high. But the statistics also demonstrate that, even if you have hearing loss, the chances that you’ll benefit from wearing hearing aids is very high

Whether you need custom made ear protection to protect against hearing loss or a new set of hearing aids to enhance the hearing you’ve already lost, we can help. We have experience with all types of hearing loss and can help find the ideal treatment for you.

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