THE HEARING LOSS MARKET

Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in humans. It affects half of all octogenarians(1) and is diagnosed in 3 in 1000 newborns.(2)

ADULTS (18+) WITH HEARING LOSS IN USA – 2014 POPULATION STATISTICS

  • 245,000,000 – Total Adults(3)

  • 36,000,000 – Adults with some hearing loss(4)

  • 18,400,000 – Hearing loss caused by genetic defect(5)

NEWBORNS WITH HEARING LOSS IN USA – 2014 POPULATION STATISTICS

  • 4,000,000 – Total newborns(6)

  • 12,000 – Born with hearing loss(2)

  • 6,000 – Hearing loss caused by genetic defect(5)

THE ECONOMIC COST OF HEARING LOSS(7)

  • The total cost in the United States for special education programs for children who were deaf or hard of hearing was $652 million or $11,006 per child (1999 – 2000 school year)

  • The lifetime educational cost (year 2007 value) of hearing loss (more than 40 dB permanent loss without other disabilities) has been estimated at $115,600 per child.

  • It is expected that the lifetime costs for all people with hearing loss who were born in 2000 will total $2.1 billion (in 2003 dollars).

SOURCES:

1. Fortnum HM, Summerfield AQ, Marshall DH, Davis AC, Bamford JM. Prevalence of permanent childhood hearing impairment in the United Kingdom and implications for universal neonatal hearing screening: questionnaire based ascertainment study. BMJ. 2001;323:536–540. doi: 10.1136/bmj.323.7312.536.

2. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) – 3 / 1000 births

3. Colby, Sandra L. and Jennifer M. Ortman, Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060, Current Population Reports, P25-1143, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, 2014.

4. 15% of adults 18+ had some trouble hearing- Blackwell DL, Lucas JW, Clarke TC. Summary health statistics for U.S. adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 10(260). 2014. (PDF)

5. 50 to 60 percent of newborns w/ hearing loss due to genetic causes: Hearing Loss in Children- Genetics of Hearing Loss: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilties.

6. CDC/National Center for Health Statistics: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/births.htm

7. CDC Hearing Loss Homepage, Data and Statistics; http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/data.html

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