How common is hearing loss?

If you’re wondering how common hearing loss is, the research is plentiful and paints a crystal-clear picture: Hearing loss is highly prevalent. In fact, it is the third most common health issue for older adults1.

According to the World Health Organization, 20 percent of the global population, or 1.5 billion people, have hearing loss. That number is only rising, projected to reach 1.9 billion by 2030 and 2.5 billion by 20502. In the US, two-thirds of people over the age of 70 have hearing loss3.

All of this is to say that if you have hearing loss, you are by no means alone.

To illustrate our point further, we’ve compiled some compelling statistics in the infographic below.

If you have hearing loss, you don’t have to live with it and miss out on the important sounds in your life. When you’re ready to start your journey to better hearing, we will be there with you. Just click here to find a list of local hearing care professionals who you can reach out to for a hearing test or consultation.

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  3. Deal, J.A., Reed, N.S., Kravetz, A. D., et al. (2019, January). Incident Hearing Loss and Comorbidity: A Longitudinal Administrative Claims Study. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 145(1), 36–43. Doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2876
  4. Hoffman, H., Dobie, R., Losonczy, K. et al. (2017, March). Declining Prevalence of Hearing Loss in US Adults Aged 20 to 69 Years. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 143(3), 274–285. Doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.3527

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