Did you know that there are approximately 31.5 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss (according to the Better Hearing Institute)? This means that hearing loss affects 10% of the US population. Hearing loss does not discriminate by age or gender and can have a significant impact on an individual’s life. For children, hearing loss can delay speech and language development or interfere with education. Adults who have hearing loss can be excluded from conversations, gatherings, and meetings.
Fortunately, the majority of individuals with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Research has shown that the use of modern hearing aid technology can lead to significant improvements in social, emotional, and physical well being, for both patients and the family members. Better hearing is the key to effective communication and it makes life more enjoyable.
Statistics on Hearing loss:
- 31.5 million Americans have hearing loss.
- The prevalence of hearing loss has nearly doubled in the last 30 years.
- Men are more likely to have hearing loss than women.
- 3 in 10 people over the age 60 have hearing loss.
- 1 in 6 baby boomers have a hearing problem.
- 1 in 14 of generation X already have a hearing loss.
- Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.
- 10 million Americans have suffered noise induced hearing loss.
Effects of Hearing Loss:
- Avoidance of social activities
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Increased dependence on others
- Increase in arguments and misunderstandings
- Anger and frustration with self and others
- Anxiety from making mistakes or fear of looking stupid
- Increased blood pressure
- Difficulties sleeping
- Decreased learning ability
- Poor quality of life
- Reduced functional health