Hearing Loss: Numbers to Know

Sometimes it’s hard to under stand just how serious of a problem hearing loss actually is. This is why so many people in Portland with hearing loss are completely unaware of their problem.

Hearing loss doesn’t just mean missing out on conversations, though. The condition has been linked to several more serious medical problems like dementia, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, anxiety, paranoia and anger.

To get a better grasp on hearing loss, which medical professionals call an epidemic due to its rapid growth, it can help to look at the facts and statistics surrounding hearing loss and hearing aids in Portland, across the U.S. and worldwide.

  1. 36 million Americans and 360 million people worldwide have impaired hearing. This isn’t just minor hearing loss; impaired hearing means their loss regularly interferes with their lives day-to-day.
  2. 4 in 5 Americans with a hearing loss don’t know it. That means there are thousands of people across Portland with hearing loss who haven’t had a basic hearing assessment, sought a diagnosis or developed a treatment plan with the help of an audiologist.
  3. Cases of hearing loss in the U.S. have doubled in 30 years. This trend is expected to continue as the population ages, with cases of hearing loss increasing by the millions each decade.
  4. 35% of people with hearing loss are over 65. That means seniors account for only 1/3 of all hearing loss cases. Hearing loss amongst younger generations is growing rapidly due to the popularity of listening to music through headphones and earbuds.
  5. 25% of all cases of hearing loss are caused by exposure to loud noise. Any sound over 85 decibels (dB) is considered dangerous. Sound at 85 dB can cause permanent hearing damage after eight hours of exposure.
  6. For every three decibels of sound over 85 dB, the exposure time for potential hearing damage is cut in half. So sound at 88 decibels can harm your hearing in four hours, 91 dB in two hours, etc.

These statistics may be surprising and alarming, but they are a great way to get the word out about hearing loss. If you or a loved one hasn’t recently been testing for hearing loss in Portland, call us at PDX ENT & Audiology Medical Group right away. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about hearing loss and schedule a quick and easy complete hearing evaluation for you right away!