Hearing Loss FAQ’s

Current estimates place the number of hearing impaired adults in the United States at just over 37 million.

Q. Who is more likely to experience hearing loss, men or women?
A. Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women.

Q. Who is the typical person suffering from tinnitus?
A. Of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, 12.3 percent of men and nearly 14 percent of women are affected by tinnitus. Tinnitus is identified more frequently in white individuals and the prevalence of tinnitus is almost twice as frequent in the South as in the Northeast.

Q. What percentage of American adults report hearing loss?
A. Approximately 17 percent of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.

Q. Is there a connection between hearing loss and age?
A. There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing loss.

Q. How does exposure to loud noises impact your hearing?
A. Approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities.

Q. Of the people who need hearing aids, how many actually wear hearing aids?
A. Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.  This ensures that 4 out of 5 people are suffering needlessly.

Q. Is it possible to lose your hearing suddenly?
A. Approximately 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States. Hearing loss affects only 1 ear in 9 out of 10 people who experience sudden deafness. Only 10 to 15 percent of patients with sudden deafness know what caused their loss.

How Common is Hearing Loss?

It’s more common than you think. The findings, thought to be the first nationally representative estimate of hearing loss, suggest that many more people than previously thought are affected by this condition.

Are You Experiencing Hearing Loss?

Take this quiz to see if you may be experiencing a hearing loss that is affecting your quality of life.