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.

Australian figures:

  • 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.