Did you know – hearing loss facts

Recent Research and Hearing Loss

  • The average age of those diagnosed with hearing loss is 52.

  • There is a link between hearing loss and dementia.

  • People are losing their hearing decades earlier than they once did.

  • 25% of people with hearing loss are under 40 years of age and 70% are under the age of 70.

Interesting facts about hearing loss

  • Those who are unaware of hearing loss may isolate themselves socially for fear of embarrassment.

  • Depression and anxiety have been linked to hearing loss, significantly lowering quality of life and self image.

  • Individuals with hearing loss report a higher quality of life after they begin to use hearing aids.

  • The use of hearing aids is associated with reductions in anger, frustration, paranoia, anxiety and overall improvements in emotional stability.

  • Most people who use hearing aids have improved social lives.

  • 9 out of 10 hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.

Hearing Loss

  • People with high blood pressure are 75% more likely to have hearing loss.

  • Many medications can affect hearing and/or cause sounds to occur in the ears such as ringing or buzzing.

  • The deterioration related to hearing loss extends beyond the ears up to the pathways and auditory centers of the brain.

  • Many individuals are not aware of their hearing loss.

  • Most hearing loss is permanent and cannot be managed with medication or surgery, but can be helped with hearing aids.

  • Many young adults are hearing aid users.

  • The vast majority of individuals (95%) with hearing loss have their hearing loss treated with hearing aids.

  • Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved through medical or surgical treatment.

  • Hearing impaired individuals are less likely to be discriminated against if they use hearing aids.

  • The use of hearing aids is associated with improved perceptions of the mental ability of individuals with hearing loss.

  • People who use hearing aids report better health than hearing impaired people who do not use hearing aids.

  • Satisfaction with directional hearing aids is 81%.

  • 1 out of 10 individuals have a hearing loss.

  • 3 out of 1000 children are born with hearing loss.

  • 15% of “baby boomers” (ages 45-64) have hearing loss.

  • 29% of people over age 65 have hearing loss.

  • The majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are below retirement age.

  • The majority (60%) of people with hearing loss are males.

Careers and Hearing Loss

  • 1 in 4 workers exposed to high levels of noise will develop a hearing loss.

  • Professions at risk for hearing loss include firefighters, police officers, factory workers, farmers, construction workers, military personnel, heavy industry workers, musicians, and entertainment industry professionals.

  • One of the key determinants of success with hearing aids is associated with greater earning power.

Children and Hearing Loss

  • The vast majority of hospitals now offer newborn hearing screening before discharge from the hospital.

  • All children should be screened for hearing loss before 1 month of age.

  • 85% of all children experience at least one ear infection.

  • Second-hand smoke in the home increases the risk of middle ear infections and respiratory allergies in children.

  • Infants may begin to use hearing aids as early as 2-4 months of age.

  • Even a mild hearing loss can seriously impact a child’s ability to learn in a school environment.

  • Hearing loss in children is often misdiagnosed as a learning disability.

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