Hearing Loss Concerns are Increasing Globally as its Affecting Millions of People

Anurag Sharma
Anurag Sharma

Updated · Oct 4, 2023

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“According to Hearing Loss Statistics, more than 1.5 billion people worldwide live with hearing loss and 430 million of them have disabling hearing loss.”

Worldwide Quick Statistics About Hearing Loss

  • Globally, about 34 million children have deafness or hearing loss.
  • Out of all hearing loss cases, 60% of cases are preventable.
  • Approximately, 30% of people over 60 years of age have hearing loss.
  • The burden of hearing loss is higher in low-and middle-income countries.
  • WHO estimates that global hearing aid protection covers just 3% of the need in these countries.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 50% of hearing loss can be prevented through public health measures.
  • Nearly 2.5 billion people are expected to have some degree of hearing loss and at least 700 million people will require hearing rehabilitation by 2050.
  • More than 1 billion young adults have a permanent risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening activities.
  • About 80% of people with hearing loss are currently living in low- and middle-income countries.
  • More than 25% of people are affected by disabling hearing loss.
  • In children, more than 60% of hearing loss is due to avoidable causes.
  • 1 in 4 people is projected to have hearing loss problems by 2050.
  • About 50% of individuals aged 12-35 years have a high risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds.
  • About 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
  • Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69 years.
  • The prevalence of hearing loss is higher in non-Hispanic white adults.
  • Non-Hispanic black adults have a low prevalence of hearing loss.
  • About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.
  • An estimated 1 in 5 American teens experiences some degree of hearing loss.
  • 12.5% of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 have hearing loss as a result of listening to loud music, particularly through earbuds at unsafe volumes.
  • 2.7 million veterans receive either disability compensation for service-connected hearing disabilities or are in treatment for related hearing issues.

Projected Number of People with Disabling Hearing Loss Worldwide in 2030, 2040, and 2050 Statistics

  • In 2019 about 430 million people suffered from disabling hearing loss.
  • In 2030, it is expected to grow the number of people with hearing disabilities to 509 million, and 612 million in 2040.
  • The number of people with hearing disabilities is expected to reach 711 million by 2050.
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Global Hearing Aids Market, by Product Type

  • According to market.us, the global hearing aids market accounted for a revenue of 7.7 billion in 2022.
  • The global hearing aid market is expected to grow at a revenue of 13.2 billion by 2032, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR 2022-2032) of 5.7%.
  • The behind-the-ear (BTE), hearing aids segment had an over 40% revenue share in 2022.
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Region Wise Statistics of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect people worldwide, regardless of their geographic location. However, there are certain regions of the world where hearing loss is more prevalent due to various factors such as environmental noise, genetics, and access to healthcare. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the prevalence of hearing loss is higher in the Asia Pacific region, followed by sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Asia Pacific Region Statistics

India

  • 1 in 4 people is projected to have hearing loss problems by 2050.
  • Approximately 63 million people in India, are suffering from Significant Auditory Impairment.
  • About 6.3% of the Indian population is suffering from hearing loss.
  • The high prevalence of hearing loss is higher in adults aged more than 60 years in India.
  • 67% of adults aged 40-59 years in India have hearing loss issues.
  • The prevalence of hearing loss was 32.4% in the rural area of India and 26.1% in urban areas.
  • About 30% of people have mild hearing loss issues, 13.7% of people have moderate hearing loss, and 51.2% of people in India have severe hearing loss issues.

Australia

  • About 3.6 million Australians have hearing loss and this number is expected to double by 2050. 
  • In 2021-2022 Hearing Australia helped more than 270,000 children and adults with hearing loss.
  • In 2022, one in five children has a middle ear infection in Australia.
  • 6% of children visited ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists in 2022 in Australia.
  • In 2021-2022, Hearing Australia provided services to 29,908 young Australians under the age of 21 years.
  • Hearing Australia provided services to 5,086 young adults between 21 and 26 years of age.
  • In 2021-22 Hearing Australia provided services to 29,629 adults with complex hearing needs.

Prevalence of Hearing Loss in North America

Hearing loss is a prevalent health issue in North America, which is affecting millions of people in the United States and Canada. Age-related hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss in North America.

According to market.us, the global hearing aids market was dominated by North America and accounted for the largest revenue of USD 2.6 billion in 2022.

  • About 25.4 million people in the United States are suffering from mild hearing loss.
  • Approximately 10.7 million people in the United States aged 12 years and older are suffering from moderate hearing loss.
  • More than 1.8 million people aged 12 years and older are suffering from severe hearing loss issues.
  • Approximately 15% of American adults aged 18 and over are suffering from hearing loss issues. 
  • About 2.10% of college students in the United States have deafness or hearing loss disability in 2022.
  • 1 in 3 adults in the United States with hearing loss problems stated that they did not seek help because minor hearing difficulties are easy enough to live with untreated.
  • 1 in 5 people with a disability stated that they do not get treatment because of high treatment costs.
  • 60% of adults in the United States with hearing difficulties stated that they have difficulty hearing when there is noise in the background. 

Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Europe Statistics

Hearing loss is a major concern in Europe, especially among older adults. According to the report of the European Commission, approximately 16% of the European population experiences some degree of hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss are the most prevalent concerns in Europe.

  • About 190 million people in the European region are living with some degree of hearing loss.
  • It is expected that the number will grow to 230 million by 2050.
  • Hearing loss can be expensive for communities, costing the region around USD 225 billion annually.
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Anurag Sharma

Anurag Sharma

He has been helping in business of varied scales, with key strategic decisions. He is a specialist in healthcare, medical devices, and life-science, and has accurately predicted the trends in the market. Anurag is a fervent traveller, and is passionate in exploring untouched places and locations. In his free time, he loves to introspect and plan ahead.