Hearing Loss Statistics

With nearly 50 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, medical professionals believe it is important for those over 50 to have their hearing evaluated annually. These numbers are an excellent basis to understand the reality of how many people actually suffer or are at risk of hearing loss. More importantly, it helps identify where orientation, prevention, and early intervention efforts should be directed.


Around 466 million people of all ages worldwide live with some level of hearing loss. The World Health Organization estimates those numbers will rise, projecting that by 2050, more than 900 million people will have be affected with hearing loss.

Did You Know

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1 of 8 people have some degree of hearing loss


Hearing loss is the 3rd most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans

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1 of 3 people aged 65+ have hearing loss

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2 of 3 people aged 75+ have hearing loss

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Hearing loss usually starts at around 50 years of age for men and 55-60 for women

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About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids

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Because hearing loss is typically gradual, your family and friends are often the first people to notice that you are experiencing hearing difficulties

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95% of people with hearing loss can regain their quality of life and live better with the help of hearing aids

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Having a hearing loss does not always mean that you are not hearing at all! For some, it simply means that you are “hearing blurry”

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Hearing loss can change your brain function, such as cause difficulties with auditory attention, memory and comprehension

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14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss

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Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of hearing loss, has a high probability of developing a hearing condition, or has already been diagnosed, contact your physician to find out if they are already a member of the Physician Hearing Network.