In fact, over 10% of the U.S. population reports difficulty hearing. That's more than 31 million people! That number will continue to rise as the Baby Boomer Generation ages and our love for listening to music through MP3 players continue.
Are you one of those millions of people who does not hear as well as they once did? If so, you are certainly not alone. Consider these statistics reported by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute:
- 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss;
- 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 48-66), or 14.6%, have a hearing problem;
- 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 30-47), or 7.4%, already have hearing loss;
- At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems;
- It is estimated that 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss.
In addition, studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, and social decline. You are twice as likely to suffer from dementia if your hearing loss is not identified and treated. Hearing loss can even put you at an economic disadvantage by impacting your earning potential by as much as $20,000 annually.