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About Hearing Loss

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For many, dealing with a hearing loss, whether it is their own or someone they are close to, can be scary, stressful, frustrating and isolating.

Hearing loss doesn't just affect the person dealing with the loss; it affects their family, friends, co-workers and other close relationships. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help understand hearing loss and manage how it affects you and those around you.

It is our hope the information on these pages will assist you or someone you know in dealing with hearing loss.

Everyone has their own journey and we cannot possibly answer every question within the boundaries of this website, so if you have more questions or concerns, please contact us. We are happy to help in any way we can.

 


 

Statistics

  • Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.
  • Approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities.
  • There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing loss.
  • About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard of hearing. Nine out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear.
  • Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears the device.

Statistics sources: National Information Center on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

 

Kentucky statistics: Kentucky Deaf and Hard of Hearing Demographics

 


 

Hearing Loss Facts

Did you know hearing loss affects people of all ages? Click here for other helpful facts about hearing loss.

 


 

Children and Hearing Loss

If you are a parent of a child with hearing loss, go to our Parents page for more information.