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Do you have a loved one that really needs a hearing aid, or at a minimum a hearing test, but won’t go along with your advice? It is very common for people to resist seeking help for hearing problems, but chatting with them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing loss may help. Below are a few basic facts and stats that may help you make your case (and may surprise you too):

  • Approximately 36 million individuals the United States have some kind of hearing loss, which is almost one out of every 5 people.
  • Over the past 30 years, the number of Americans with hearing loss has approximately doubled.
  • Of those aged 65 and older, an average of 13% experience tinnitus.
  • Women are less likely to have hearing loss than men.
  • Of the people who could benefit from using a hearing aid, just one out of 5 people wears one.
  • Of the 12 million Americans with tinnitus, 1 million have it so severely that it interferes with everyday activities.
  • Ten million people have irreversible loss of hearing because of noise, and 30 million more are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day.
  • High frequency hearing loss due to regular loud noise exposure affects about 26 million people in the US (ages 20-69). This consists of regular noise exposure from both work and leisure sources.
  • Hearing loss categorization studies report that 5% of cases are severe, 30% moderate and 65% are classified as mild.
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of approximately 10 years before doing anything about it. Does this describe you or someone you love?