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Hearing Loss Facts

Statistics sources: Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC)

Other sources:  National Information Center on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, National Council on Aging, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the MarkeTrak VIII Study by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D.



•One out of 8 people in the U.S. aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears.


•One out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss.


•Two out of 3 people over 75 have a hearing loss.


•Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.


•15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help.


•People with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help.


•Untreated hearing loss puts you more at risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s, two diseases known for the deterioration of brain function.


•Those with even mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia.