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Do you have a family member or friend that needs a hearing aid (or at least a hearing test) but is resistant to your suggestions? It is very common for people to avoid seeking assistance for hearing problems, but chatting with them about the causes, effects and prevalence of hearing loss may help. Listed below are some facts and stats to help you make your case:

  • The number of Americans with hearing problems has doubled over the past 30 years.
  • Of those aged 65 and older, approximately 13% experience tinnitus.
  • More men than women experience hearing problems.
  • Approximately 36 million people in the US have some kind of hearing loss, which is almost 1 out of every 5 people.
  • Ten million people have permanent hearing loss because of noise, and 30 million more are exposed to damaging noise levels every day.
  • Many more people could really benefit from a hearing aid than actually wear one. Some estimates say there are 4 additional people who could benefit, for every one actually using a hearing aid.
  • Of the 12 million Americans with tinnitus, 1 million have it so badly that it interferes with everyday activities.
  • Hearing loss categorization studies report that 5% of cases are severe, 30% moderate and 65% are classified as mild.
  • High frequency hearing loss caused by regular loud noise exposure affects about 26 million people in the United States (ages 20-69). This consists of regular noise exposure from both work and recreational sources.
  • People with hearing loss delay roughly a whole decade – ten years – before doing anything about it. Don’t let this be you or someone you love!