A hearing loss infographic
An easy way to view some of the causes, statistics and dangers of hearing loss and noise exposure.
Listen Up! An infographic with hearing loss facts
Hearing loss is defined as being partly and/or totally unable to hear sound in one or both ears. According to the National Institutes of Health, National Council on Aging, approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population - or 38 million Americans - have significant hearing loss.
There are a number of potential causes attributed to hearing loss, including: infections; birth defects; the aging process; injuries to the head or ear; ototoxic reactions to drugs; exposure to excessive noise.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Just the Facts
Approximately 2 million people are profoundly deaf, and 30-40 percent of people over 65 have some type of hearing loss. 14 percent of people between the ages of 45-64 also have some type of hearing loss.
15 percent of children between the ages of 6-19 have measurable hearing loss in at least one ear. Additionally, hearing loss occurs in 5 out of every 1,000 newborns, and over 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
The Center for Hearing and Communication reports that exposure to a noisy subway, - for just 15 minutes a day - can cause permanent damage to hearing over time.
Mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50 percent of classroom discussion. Furthermore, sitting in front of concert speakers can expose a person to 120 dB, which can result in damage to one's hearing in only 7-1/2 minutes! Even more surprising' Listening to an MP3 player at high volumes over time can permanent damage to your hearing.
The dreaded, 'Tinnitus' (aka. 'ringing in the ears') affects 50 million people in the United States. 15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help, and people with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help. Sensorineural hearing loss (aka. 'nerve deafness') is the most common type. Only 16 percent of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss.
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