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HEARING LOSS STATISTICS

  • 48 Million Americans have hearing loss, nearly 16% of the US population.
  • Hearing Loss is more prevalent than eye problems, the 3rd most common health problem in older adults.
  • One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.
  • Roughly 10 percent of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year.
  • As of December 2019, approximately 736,900 cochlear implants have been implanted worldwide. In the United States, roughly 118,100 devices have been implanted in adults and 65,000 in children.
  • About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One of out of 5 men and one of out of 8 women report they have at least some trouble hearing.
  • The prevalence of hearing loss is twice as common as diabetes or cancer.
  • Hearing loss and/or tinnitus is the most common service-connected disability among U.S. Veterans.
  • 2.7 million veterans receive hearing care or disability related to hearing loss.
  • Half of all blast injuries experienced by veterans resulted in permanent hearing loss.