Hearing loss affects nearly 48 million Americans. This number has doubled within the last 30 years. Hearing loss is the 3rd most common physical condition in the U.S., behind only arthritis and heart disease.
The most common causes of hearing loss are exposure to loud noises and aging (presbycusis). Exposure to sound over 85 dB can cause damage within 8 hours, exposure to sound over 100 dB can cause damage within 15 minutes and exposure to sound over 120 dB can cause damage instantly.
Patients of any age can experience hearing loss. 65 percent of those with hearing loss are under the age of 65. One out of every three people between the ages of 65 and 74 experience some type of hearing loss. For those over the age of 75, one out of every two people experience hearing loss.
Only 20 percent of those that could benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one. Those that do seek treatment typically wait an average of seven years before they seek help.