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Hearing Loss

How do we hear?



  • Newborns should have a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age. Most babies have their hearing screened before they leave the hospital.
  • With 3 of every 1,000 newborns having a hearing loss, it is the most frequently occurring newborn health issue.
  • Early identification and management of hearing loss is vital to their early learning experiences & speech/language development.


  • 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the US are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears.
  • Children should have their hearing tested annually.
  • Even a mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss 50 percent of classroom discussion.
  • Almost 15 percent of school-age children (6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.


  • 1 in 5 American teens experience some degree of hearing loss.
  • 80 percent of teens with hearing loss report it is due to loud noise.
  • Teens are vulnerable to hearing loss due to excessive use of portable music/devices & earbuds. Prevention tip: switch to headphones & follow 60/60 Rule where you keep volume 60% of max or lower and listen with earbuds or headphones for no more than 60 minutes per day.


  • Hearing loss is the third most prevalent health issue in older adults, after arthritis and hearth disease.
  • Hearing loss negatively impacts as aspects of wellness including physical health, emotional & mental health, social skills, family relationship, self-esteem, academic & job performance.


  • Hearing issues are the most common service-related disabilities among veterans.
  • 2.3 million veterans receive disability compensation or are in treatment for service-related hearing issues.
  • Half of all blast-induced injuries sustained result in hearing loss.


  • While people in the workplace with mild hearing loss show little or no drop in income, as hearing loss increases, so does reduction in compensation.
  • More than 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in their workplace.


  • Tinnitus is a constant ringing or buzzing in the ear. More often than not, severe tinnitus will accompany hearing loss and may be just as debilitating as the hearing loss itself.
  • About 10-15 percent of adults experience tinnitus.
  • About 50 million people in the US have tinnitus, of which around 12 million seek medical help.
  • 1 in 5 teenagers experience tinnitus.
  • 60 percent of veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan have hearing loss and tinnitus.