Hearing loss statistics at a glance


  • Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults ages 20-69
  • Those age 60-69 have the greatest amount of hearing loss
  • 25 percent of American adults have experienced tinnitus lasting for at least five minutes in the past year.
  • Adult men (age 20-69) are twice as likely to have hearing loss than women of the same age.
  • As women age, they have more difficulty hearing at lower frequencies than do men.


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