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1 in 6 adults reports difficulty hearing

Posted: 1st October 2015

DeafHear: 1 in 6 adults reports trouble hearing in the US 2015

One in six U.S. adults ages 18 and older reports trouble hearing without a hearing aid, according to new results from a nationally representative survey looking at hearing and hearing loss. Results showed age differences in self-reported hearing loss, use of hearing aids or assistive technology, and the likelihood of seeing a doctor or other health professional for hearing loss.

Men are more
likely to report
having trouble
hearing compared
to women.

The findings were published in September 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analysis of the data was completed by researcher from National Center for Health Statistics.

Of the 16.8 percent of adults in the study who report trouble hearing, adults aged 70 and older are more likely to report trouble hearing (43.2 percent) compared to those aged 40–69 (19.0 percent), and those aged 18–39 (5.5 percent). Interestingly, men in each age group are more likely to report having trouble hearing compared to women, and men are more likely to describe having “moderate trouble” hearing (24.8 percent) compared to women (20.8 percent). For those aged 70 and older, 52.4 percent of men report trouble hearing without a hearing aid compared with 36.2 percent of women.

The researchers also found differences between men and women in the self-reported causes of hearing loss:

  • Men are more likely to attribute their hearing loss to long–term noise exposure (35.6 percent) or loud, brief noises, like gunfire or explosions, (14.8 percent) compared to women, 10.8 and 2.1 percent, respectively.

  • Women are more
    likely to report
    ear infections or otitis
    media as the main
    cause of their
    hearing loss.

    Almost half of women (45.3 percent) say that the main reason for their hearing loss is the result of getting older or aging compared with men (24.5 percent).

  • Women are more likely to report ear infections or otitis media as the main cause of their hearing loss (10.9 percent) compared to men (4.7 percent).

Less than half (46.0 percent) of adults ages 18 and older who report any trouble hearing have seen a doctor or other health professional about their hearing or ear problems in the last five years. In fact the survey found that less than one–quarter (21.5 percent) of adults who report any trouble hearing have ever used a hearing aid, while 9.1 percent have ever used assistive technology.

In Ireland, people wait an average of 10 years between the onset of a hearing loss and seeking treatment, and this delay is the focus of a new campaign launched by DeafHear recently called Mind Your Hearing (see www.mindyourhearing.ie for more information). The campaign spokesperson Brendan Lennon said that this delay compromises the quality of life and health of those affected, and may even contribute to increased cognitive decline. “It is a major health issue, not just for the individuals and their families, but also wider society. Even the World Health Organisation has moved hearing loss way up the population health agenda” he said.

The co-author of the new data, Howard J Hoffman said “The data provide interesting insight into how people assess and seek treatment for their individual hearing loss. The findings underscore the need to develop better strategies to encourage people of all ages to seek help for their hearing loss,” said Howard J. Hoffman, M.A., of the data brief and NIDCD director of epidemiology and statistics. [Link to source]


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Source: Hearing Times [Read]