Hearing Loss Prevalence 



  • 466 million in the world with disabling hearing loss (6.1% of the world's population).

  • 432 million (93%) of these are adults (242 million males, 190 million females).

  • 34 million (7%) of these are children.

  • ~ 33% over 65 years are affected by disabling hearing loss.

  • Unless action is taken, it is likely that the number of people with disabling hearing loss will grow over the coming years. Projections show that the number could rise to 630 million by 2030 and may be over 900 million in 2050.​



  • About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children born with detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.

  • >90% deaf children are born to hearing parents.

  • ~ 15% of adults aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.

  • Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69, with the greatest amount of hearing loss in the 60 to 69 age group.

  • Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.

  • Non-Hispanic white adults are more likely than adults in other racial/ethnic groups to have hearing loss; non-Hispanic black adults have the lowest prevalence of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.

  • One in six people aged 18 years or older has hearing loss in both ears.

  • ~2% of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss; 8.5% aged 55 to 64; ~25% of those aged 65 to 74 and 50% who are 75 and older have disabling hearing loss.

  • About 28.8 million adults could benefit from using hearing aids.

  • Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them. Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 (approximately 16 percent) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.