10 Surprising Facts About Hearing Aids

  1. Noise is the number one cause of hearing loss in the United States. (Source: NY Times Personal Health Blog)

  2. 38 million Americans have significant hearing loss. (Source: Center for Hearing and Communication)

  3. 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day. (Source: American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association)

  4. One-third of people over the age of 65 live with hearing loss. (Source: World Health Organization)

  5. Only 20 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wear them. (Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)

  6. 50 million people in the United States suffer from tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), and 90% of those also have hearing loss. (Source: American Tinnitus Association)

  7. 16 million Americans suffer with tinnitus severe enough to seek medical attention, and 2 million have such severe tinnitus that they can’t function normally day-to-day. (Source: American Tinnitus Association)

  8. 32 million children under the age of 15 are affected by hearing loss. (Source: World Health Organization)

  9. It takes on average close to 7 years for people living with hearing loss to seek help. (Source: Center for Hearing and Communication)

  10. Untreated hearing loss can significantly increase a person’s risk of developing dementia. (Source: John Hopkins School of Medicine)