Hearing Loss Information
Prevalence of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is the third most common condition in the US. Approximately 48 million Americans – 20% of the population – experience some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss may affect anyone, at any age. Even so, older Americans experience hearing loss in higher rates: one in three people over age 65 and 50% of people over age 75 experience some degree of hearing loss.
In recent years, due to the increased use of personal electronic devices, we have seen a rise in hearing loss in younger generations. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk of hearing loss. Nearly 50% of people age 12-35 are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from personal audio devices.
In the American workforce, 60% of people experience hearing loss. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. OSHA reports that noise-related hearing loss has been one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the last 25 years. Similarly, 60% of veterans returning from combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan report cases of hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing of the ears).