We have seen much press about a hearing loss epidemic primarily due to recreational noise such as the use of iPods. We have been tracking the hearing loss population now since 1989 and in our latest survey to 80,000 households found that the incidence of hearing loss increased from 10% in 1989 to 11.3% in 2008. The prevalence of hearing loss per thousand households increased from 266 per thousand households to 295 per thousand households. The increase in hearing loss appears to be due to the aging of America. The data hardly provide evidence that there is an epidemic.
For further information see our 25 year trend report on the hearing loss population.