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Hearing Loss Facts

Hearing Loss Statistics

As of 2014, 360 million people worldwide has moderate to profound hearing loss.

The majority of them live in low-and middle-income countries.

Current production of hearing aids meets only 10% of the global need.

* Adapted from: World Health Organization



  • Approximately 36 million American adults, or 1 out of 10, report some degree of hearing loss.
    These include:

    • 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old
    • 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old
    • 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older

  • 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities.


  • Approximately 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States.


  • Only 10 to 15 percent of patients with sudden deafness know what caused their loss.


  • 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing.


  • Nine out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear.


  • Approximately 3 to 6 percent of all deaf children and perhaps another 3 to 6 percent of hard-of-hearing children have Usher syndrome.
* Adapted from: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)



There may be more than 700 million people with hearing loss worldwide by 2015.

* Adapted from www.hear-it.org




Hearing Loss Worldwide Statistics

In 2025, it is estimated that 900 million people throughout the world will be hearing impaired; around 90 million of these people will be from somewhere in Europe.

In the next 100 years, hearing impairment is projected to rise to affect about 30 percent of people; this is because of Europe’s aging population.

In Finland, 1 of 7 people is dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss.

Some form of hearing loss affects 1 in 6 Italians.

In Sweden and Denmark, 1 out of 10 people is suffering from hearing loss.

* Adapted from: www.hearinghealthmatters.org



Less than 10 percent of the global need is met through hearing aid production. About 1 out of 40 people needing hearing aids have them in developing countries.

* Adapted from: www.who.int



It is estimated that out of the 600 million hearing impaired throughout the world, 400 million live in developing countries.

Approximately ˝ of these cases of hearing loss could be prevented; however, people in these developing countries lack the access and funds for health care which makes treatment extremely difficult.

* Adapted from: www.hearinghealthmatters.org

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