About 800 million people around the world are affected by hearing loss. It is estimated, that this number will rise to 1.1 billion by 2015 – about 16% of the world’s population.
Several different studies show that approx. 65% of people with hearing loss experience a mild hearing loss, 30% a moderate and 5% a severe or profound hearing loss.
Only about a third of all people with hearing loss are of retirement age. The majority is of school or working age.
Studies also showed that only one in five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one.
On average, people with hearing loss wait almost 10 years before they do something about it.
At the same time, more and more young people experience hearing loss, which is mainly due to excessive noise levels and listening to music much too loudly.