Hearing loss of some degree is all too common in the United States. Consider these statistics:
- One in five Americans has hearing loss in at least one ear. That figure represents 48 million people and far exceeds previous hearing care industry estimates of approximately 25 million;
- 20% of the U.S. population aged 12 years and older has hearing difficulties severe enough to impact communication. This can lead to difficulties in school, at work and with relationships;
- There exists a direct link between age and hearing loss: Approximately 18% of American adults between the ages of 45 and 54, 30% of adults between ages 65 and 74, and 47% of adults ages 75 and older have hearing some degree of hearing impairment;
- Three out of every 1,000 American newborns are deaf or hard-of-hearing;
- Upwards of 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises at work or on leisure activities;
- About 60% of deployed military service men and women have noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and other hearing injuries. In fact, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are more likely to suffer impairment of auditory activity than post traumatic stress syndrome.
If you believe you’re suffering a loss of hearing, however mild or severe, it’s highly recommended that you see a specialist. At St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, our board-certified audiologists can perform a battery of hearing assessments and develop a treatment plan to help minimize continual hearing loss, or even restore your ability to hear. Contact our Jacksonville clinic at 904-461-6060 or via our convenient online form.