Do you have a loved one that really needs a hearing aid (or at least a hearing test) but is resistant to your suggestions? Talking over some of the data related to the prevalence, causes and effects of hearing problems may at long last get them to make that very first appointment. These facts and figures may help you persuade someone you care about that it’s the perfect time to schedule a hearing evaluation:
- Nearly one of of every 5 people in the United States have some type of hearing loss – that is 36 million people!
- The number of Americans with hearing problems has doubled in the last 30 years.
- Roughly 13% of the population over age 65 will experience tinnitus – ringing in the ears.
- More people could really benefit from a hearing aid than in fact wear one. Some estimates claim there are four additional individuals who could benefit, for every one actually using a hearing aid.
- Of the 12 million Americans with tinnitus, one million have it so severely that it interferes with everyday activities.
- Ten million people have permanent loss of hearing because of noise, and 30 million more are exposed to damaging noise levels every day.
- Hearing loss categorization studies state that 5% of cases are severe, 30% moderate and 65% are classified as mild.
- Approximately 26 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 are afflicted with high frequency hearing loss due to recurring exposure to loud noise either on the job or during leisure activities.
- Those with hearing loss delay an average of approximately ten years before doing anything about it. Does this describe you?