Statistics of Hearing Loss in the Elderly

Hearing Loss in the Elderly

Naturally, as human’s age, different ailments tend to become a part of normal life. Hearing loss in the elderly, which is extremely common, can become a much larger issue if not treated by a Hearing Care Practitioner with a thorough hearing examination.

Hearing loss in the elderly isn’t just an issue of not being able to hear the birds chirp or the phone ring. Impaired driving, dementia and falls have all been associated with decreased hearing ability in older adults.

Below are a few statistics based on hearing loss in the elderly to take into consideration:

  • According to the American Academy of Audiology, hearing impairment is the third most commonly reported chronic problem affecting the aged population. More than 7 million aged persons suffer from some degree of hearing impairment.
  • Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older have disabling hearing loss. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
  • Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them.
  • There are 164.5 million persons of above 65 years with disabling hearing loss, i.e. 33% of the world’s population above 65 years. World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The prevalence of disabling hearing loss in persons above 65 years is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia Pacific, and South Asia.

If you, a family member, or loved one suspect hearing loss, take our free online hearing test. Or, call 1-800-Beltone to schedule a free hearing screening at a Beltone location nearest you.

The following two tabs change content below.

Amy Duvall

Marketing Manager
Amy Duvall is the Marketing Manager at Beltone. She enjoys spending lots of time with her daughter and husband while she's not "helping the world hear better." She also enjoys watching classy reality TV shows like The Real Housewives of Whatever City and old Dateline reruns.

Be the first to comment on "Statistics of Hearing Loss in the Elderly"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*