How Common Is Hearing Loss in the USA? The Answer Is Surprising
Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC also reports hearing loss is more common than cancer and diabetes.
To give you a better sense of how prevalent hearing loss is, here’s a brief overview of hearing loss statistics.
A Closer Look at How Common Hearing Loss Is
Describing hearing loss as America’s third most common chronic health condition doesn’t fully illustrate how big the problem is. Researchers estimate 27.7 million Americans aged 20 to 69 are living with hearing loss.
While a person of any age may experience hearing loss, the prevalence of hearing loss increases with age.
For example, 0.8 percent of adults aged 20 to 29 have trouble hearing, but about 1 in 4 (24.7 percent) adults aged 60 to 69 live with hearing loss.
The percent of adults with hearing loss increases to nearly 50 percent for adults ages 75 and over.
How to Put the Statistics to Use
If you’re like most people, you make a point to get your yearly physical, but getting regular hearing checks isn’t on your agenda.
Since hearing loss is such a common problem, an annual hearing test should be on everyone’s to-do list.
Hearing loss usually happens gradually.
By the time you (or your loved ones) become aware of your hearing problem, your hearing loss could be significant.
Regular hearing tests are the key to detecting the condition early.
Getting regular hearing assessments even can be valuable to individuals who aren’t having difficulty with hearing. A hearing test that’s completed when someone doesn’t have a hearing problem establishes a baseline.
If the individual later develops hearing loss, the baseline hearing test shows their hearing professional the extent of their hearing loss.
A baseline hearing test also makes it easier for the hearing professional to provide the proper treatment.
There’s No Reason to Delay Treatment
Some of you reading this already know you’re having problems with your hearing, but you haven’t sought treatment.
However, you may not know untreated hearing loss puts you at greater risk for health issues like dementia and depression.
There’s really no reason to put off treating your hearing loss. Perhaps you’re concerned there’s a stigma that comes with wearing a hearing aid. Today’s hearing devices aren’t like the ones people used many years ago.
A modern hearing aid is small and barely noticeable.
Most people won’t even know you’re wearing one.
If you’re worried about having to adjust the device in public, you’ll be relieved to know you can change the settings on many hearing aids with an app on your smartphone.
If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss signs, contact us to see how we can help.
For the safety of our patients and employees, we conduct daily temperature checks with each of our mobile hearing care professionals.
Our team members are required to sanitize their hands between each visit.
Also, we have an alternative to in-person appointments via Access Video Audiology Care, our tele audiology service.