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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Facts About Hearing Loss
Men are more likely than women to experience hearing loss.
1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear. This is 48 million people and far exceeds previous hearing care industry estimates of approximately 25 million.
20% of the US population aged 12 years and older has hearing difficulties severe enough to impact communication.
There is a direct link between age and hearing loss: about 18% of American adults between the ages of 45 and 54, 30% of adults between ages 65 and 74, and 47% of adults ages 75 and older have hearing impairments.
In the United States, three out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or hard-of-hearing.
About 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises at work or in leisure activities.
About 60% of deployed military service men and women have noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and other hearing injuries.
Impairment of auditory activity and tinnitus are more likely to occur in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans than post-traumatic stress syndrome in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
48 millions American's have hearing loss.
Hearing aids help 95% of people with hearing loss restoring normal volume and improving conversations in quiet and noisy places.
People with hearing loss, on the average wait 7 years before seeking hearing help.
People with untreated hearing loss, earn on the average $20,000 less a year and are less likely to be promoted.
Those with hearing loss who use hearing aids are healthier and more active socially.
Exposure to tobacco smoke and second-hand smoke has been directly linked to higher risks of hearing loss.