Research suggests adult hearing loss is on the rise
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
It's easy to underestimate the reach of hearing loss in our own social circles and communities.
Often referred to as an invisible condition, it's not always immediately apparent that a person is living with a hearing impairment. However, did you know that as many as one in six Australians have some degree of hearing loss1?
If this comes as a surprise, you might be interested to know that these numbers could be set to rise in the years to come. We take a look at some eye-opening research and what it could mean for you.
Number of people with hearing loss set to grow
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University aimed to estimate the future prevalence of hearing loss across the USA by analysing population data. Their findings predicted that by 2060, 23 per cent of Americans could have a hearing condition – equating to a staggering 74 million people aged 20 and older2.
This is a sizeable increase from the projected figures of 44 million adults by the year 20202. The authors noted that due to the potential growth in the number of people with hearing loss, there needed to be a greater focus on preventing and treating the condition:
"These projections can inform policy makers and public health researchers in planning appropriately for the future audiologic hearing health care needs of society."2
What's the situation like in Australia?
According to the Hearing Care Industry Association, Australia could be set to see a similar trend to the US – with hearing loss estimated to affect as many as one in four people by 20501.
While it's difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons behind the increase, our ageing population may be an influencing factor. In addition, the World Health Organisation notes that 1.1 billion people between the ages of 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss around the world3, so we could be set to see a dramatic increase in the number of young people with hearing problems.
If you feel your hearing isn't what it used to be, don't hesitate to reach out to your local HEARINGLife clinic. You can book your no cost* hearing check here, or give us a call on 1800 030 502.
1Hearing Care Industry Association, About hearing loss. Accessed April, 2017.
2JAMA Network, Number of People in U.S. with Hearing Loss Expected to Nearly Double in Coming Decades. Accessed April, 2017.
3WHO, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss. Accessed April, 2017.