Monday, October 17, 2011

Cases of hearing loss growing among both young and old

Some 36 million people in the United States, about 1 in 10, have some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. About 40 percent of people older than 65 years suffer from hearing loss, and some studies show hearing loss is becoming more prevalent among the young.

One in 5 teens has slight to mild hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss among ages 12 to 19 increased 30 percent -- from 14.9 percent in 1988 to 19.5 percent in 2005-06, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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