Statistics About Hearing Loss And Hearing Aids


Hearing aid use was higher among men than women among those aged 45 and over.
Disabling hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than 35 decibels (dB) in the better hearing ear.

Age-related Hearing Loss

Age-related hearing loss (sometimes referred to as presbycusis) denotes the progressive loss of hearing as people age.

The statistics prove the assertion that presbycusis correlates with aging. Over 30% of US residents aged 65 to 74 have hearing loss. The proportion of people with hearing loss shoots up to 50% among people above 75.

Generally, age-related hearing loss affects both ears equally. Its causes range from age-related changes in the inner ear or middle ear to changes in the nerves connecting the ear to the brain.

Presbycusis is an insidious condition. It happens gradually and, therefore, often goes unnoticed for years. Several factors contribute to presbycusis besides age. Some of these factors include chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, noise exposure, and an individual’s genetics.


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