Facts About Hearing Loss
About 800 million people around the world are affected by hearing loss. It is estimated that this number will rise to 1.1 billion by 2015 – about 16% of the world’s population. Several different studies show that approx. 65% of people with hearing loss experience mild hearing loss, 30% moderate and 5% severe or profound hearing loss. Only about a third of all of retirement age. The majority are of school or working age. Studies also showed that only one in five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one.
- One in six Australians suffer from some degree of hearing loss
- By 2050 this will be one in four
- One in three people over the age of 50 suffer from hearing loss and
- One in two over the age of 60
- In 2005, over 3.55m Australians suffered from hearing loss and nearly half of them were of working age (16-64 years)
- Although these increases are as a result of our ageing population, one third of people acquire their hearing loss from preventable means
- Hearing loss costs Australia $11.75BN annually in lost productivity and other impacts
- The total economic cost of hearing loss per annum is $23BN
- Employment rates for hearing impaired people between the ages of 45 and 65 are lower than for comparable people in the rest of the population (20.5% lower for men and 16.5% lower for women)
- A person with hearing loss, on average, earns $10K less per annum than someone with no or treated hearing loss
- $62 per person is spent for hearing loss per annum as compared with $10,904 per person with cancer of $42,064 per person with mental illness
* Source- Hearing Care Industry Association
Hearing loss in young people
According to a British study, 39 percent of 18 to 24 year olds listen to music for at least an hour a day at up to 105 decibels. This means they are subjecting their ears to a level of noise which they should not be tolerating for more than 25 minutes per week. It has been estimated that with this permanent overtaxing there is a danger of developing a hearing loss within about five years.