Hearing Loss Related Statistics

Hearing Loss Related Statistics
  • 90% of what young children learn is attributed to incidental language
  • Hearing loss is the most common congenital anomaly found in newborns
    • 34 million people in the US have some degree of hearing loss
    • 86% of the 34 million are hard of hearing
    • 14% of the 34 million are deaf
  • more than 1 million children in the US have hearing loss

In the U.S.

  • out of every 1000 infants born:
    • 6 have hearing loss
    • 1 has severe or profound hearing loss
  • out of every 1000 school-age students
    • 7 have bilateral hearing loss
    • 16-19 have unilateral hearing loss (one ear only)
    • 9 have a severe to profound hearing loss
    • 10 have permanent sensorineural hearing loss
  • 30% of children with a hearing loss have an additional disability
  • 37% of children with only a mild hearing loss fail at least one grade
  • 93% of deaf children are born into hearing families
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most widely used language in US
  • Exposure to loud noises may cause permanent hearing loss
  • Males are more likely to experience hearing loss
  • People in rural areas are more likely to develop hearing loss
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