People have many misconceptions about hearing loss. These are based on old myths, outdated technology or just a general misunderstanding of the condition. By learning some important facts about hearing loss, you’ll be better equipped to deal with it, whether it affects you personally or somebody close to you.
Here are some interesting facts about hearing loss.
48 million Americans (20% of the population, or 1 in 5) report some degree of hearing loss.
65% of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65.
People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
Men are 5.5 times more likely to have hearing loss than women.
Hearing loss is the 3rd most common physical condition in the U.S., behind arthritis and heart disease.
A majority of people with tinnitus (about 90%) also experience hearing loss.
1 out of 3 people aged 65-74 experience hearing loss.
Exposure to sound over 100 dB can cause damage within 15 minutes.
Only 1 out of 5 individuals who could benefit from hearing aids actually wears them.
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