What is Hearing Loss?
While experiencing hearing loss is commonly associated with people as they age, it can also afflict younger people as well, including children. The causes vary, from genetic conditions to injury, to damage caused by loud music or work environments. Whatever the case, though, not all hearing loss can be combatted.
- About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
- At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings.
- While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.