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April 01, 2016

Many Americans have hearing problems

One in ten Americans has difficulty hearing, a study has found. Among Hispanic Americans, even more have hearing problems. 5% of all Americans say that they suffer from tinnitus. Furthermore, a large number of American teenagers show signs of hearing loss. Many Americans who use hearing aids have received some financial help to cover the cost of their hearing aids.

One in ten Americans has difficulty hearing

10.6% of all adult Americans say they have difficulty hearing. The proportion of those who have difficulty hearing increases with age. 

In the age group 45-54, 11% say that they have difficulty hearing. 17% of those aged 55-64 have difficulty hearing while among 65-74 year olds, the proportion is 22%. For those aged 75-84, 34% say that they have difficulty hearing. 

These are the findings of the MarkeTrak9 survey which was carried out in the US in 2014.

Many Hispanics have hearing loss

Hispanics of Puerto Rican descent in the US have the highest rate of hearing loss, while Mexican-Americans have the lowest, a study shows. Nearly one in seven Hispanic adults in the US has some hearing loss.

The results showed that overall, 15.1% of Hispanic/Latino individuals had hearing loss in one ear, and roughly half of these, 8.2%, had hearing loss in both ears. Among different subgroups, prevalence of hearing loss was highest among people with a Puerto Rican background—more than 21% had hearing loss in one ear and more than 12% in both ears.

Financial help for hearing aids

An American study has shown that half of Americans with hearing aids have received some financial help to cover the cost of their hearing aids.

48% of participants in the MarkeTrak9 survey in 2014 said that they have received some help covering the cost of their hearing aids.

The main sources of coverage for the costs were: insurance, Veteran’s Administration, Medicare, HMO and/or Medicaid.

Americans with tinnitus

One in twenty Americans have tinnitus. Three quarters say that they have it in both ears. More than half of those who have tinnitus say that it is always there.

52% said that they have constant tinnitus while 48% reported that their tinnitus is intermittent. These are the findings of an extensive American survey.

Teenagers show signs of hearing loss

A large number of American teenagers show signs of hearing loss and almost all American teens engage in activities that they know can be harmful to their hearing, according to a study.

The study was based on the experiences of 500 teenagers aged 13-19. The results show that 46% of the teenagers reported experiencing ringing or pain in their ears after engaging in activities with a high level of noise. One-in-six of the teenagers experienced the symptoms often or all of the time.

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