Hearing loss facts

More than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to February 2013 released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, a large majority of those who need hearing help fail to do so.

Hearing loss population is growing. Here are some startling facts about hearing loss to consider:

  • Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a significant hearing loss. (Center for Hearing and Communication)
  • According to the Better Hearing Institute, 65% of people with hearing loss are below age 65.
  • One in every three people over the age of 65 – a total of 165 million people worldwide – lives with hearing loss. (WHO)
  • 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. (American Tinnitus Association) Tinnitus is ringing in the ears.
  • Of these, about 16 million have severe enough tinnitus to seek medical attention. About two million patients are so seriously debilitated that they cannot function on a “normal,” day-to-day basis. (ATA)
  • Hearing loss and tinnitus are the #1 and #2 most prevalent war wounds. According to Jennifer Fink RN, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today May 25, 2014
  • 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan come home with hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • 32 million people affected by hearing loss are children under the age of 15. (WHO) One in 5 teenagers has hearing loss. This study was published in 2010, so the numbers are probably higher today
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help. (Center for Hearing and Communication)
  • Noise is the leading cause of hearing Loss. (NY Times Personal Health Blog)
  • 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day. (American-Speech-Language -Hearing Association)
  • A 12-year study conducted by the neurology department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.
  • Only one out of every five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one. (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)

Question I have for you is how do you/we help raise awareness of hearing loss prevention? Hearing loss is linked to many health problems. We need to do something about this growing heath concern.

 

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