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).
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