Do you have a loved one that really needs a hearing aid (or at least a hearing test) but is resistant to your advice? Talking over some of the statistics related to the prevalence, causes and effects of hearing problems may at long last encourage them to make that initial appointment. These facts and statistics may help you convince someone you care about that it is the perfect time to schedule a hearing evaluation:
- Roughly 13% of the population over age 65 will experience tinnitus – ringing in the ears.
- Nearly one of of every 5 people in the United States have some sort of hearing loss – that is 36 million people!
- The number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled over the past 3 decades.
- Of the people who could really benefit from using a hearing aid, only one out of five people wears one.
- Noise is a key contributing factor to hearing loss. Noise has already resulted in permanent hearing loss for 10 million. Another 30 million are exposed to unsafe noise levels each and every day.
- Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 are afflicted with high frequency hearing loss due to repeated exposure to loud noise either on the job or during leisure activities.
- Around 13,000 adults and 10,000 children in the United States have cochlear implants.
- Research studies have shown that those with hearing loss experience it as mild in 65% of cases, moderate in 30% of cases and severe in 5% of cases.
- People with hearing loss wait roughly a whole decade – ten years – before doing anything about it. Don’t let this be you or someone you love!