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HEARING LOSS & TINNITUS STATISTICS
HEARING LOSS AND TINNITUS – A PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC
 
 
 
 
From 2000 to 2015, the number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled. 
 
Globally the number is up by 44%.
 
  • 48 million people in the America and ~360 million worldwide
    • 1 in 5 teens
    • 1 in 5 adults
    • 3 in 5 veterans returning from war
      • Hearing loss and tinnitus are the top two reported health concerns among service members both active and veterans
         
  • Hearing loss is the 2nd most prevalent health issue globally
    • The number of people with hearing loss is more than those living with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and diabetes combined.
       
  • Tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in ears) affects ~10% of Americans on a regular basis 
    • 25 million American adults have reported having had tinnitus for five or more continuous minutes in the past year
    • Roughly 90% of tinnitus cases occur with an underlying hearing loss 
    • 16 million people seek medical attention for tinnitus 
  • Causes of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus 
    • Genetic factors
    • Noise
    • Trauma
    • Ototoxic medications (medicine-induced hearing loss)
    • Viral or bacterial infections
    • Aging

SO… WHY THE STEADY INCREASE IN NUMBERS? 
 
  1. NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS
People are overexposed to excessive noise at work or in leisure activities
  • 26 million people in U.S. between ages 20-69
  • 16% of teens ages 12-19 have reported hearing loss due to loud noise
  • ~30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels
  1. AGE-RELATED HEARING LOSS 
The population of people age 65+ is expanding… rapidly
  • 33% of Americans between ages 65-74 and nearly 50% 75+ have hearing loss
  • Hearing loss has been associated with cognitive decline, dementia, depression, hospitalization, and heart disease, among other diseases and conditions.
  1. ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSOCIATED WITH HEARING LOSS 
  • Lifetime costs of profound hearing loss can be as much as $1 million per person in the U.S. 
 
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