Hearing Loss Expected to Double by 2060
As recently published in JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, and reported on in the popular media (CNBC, New York Daily News), researchers at Johns Hopkins have estimated that the number of adults with hearing loss will double by 2060. The authors expect 73.6 million adult (20 years or older) Americans will have hearing loss, accounting for 22.6% of the projected US population. This outpaces the population growth rate.
A major assumption the authors make is that the prevalence rate of hearing loss will not change in the next 43 years. They are able to make this assumption on the basis that the prevalence rate of hearing loss has remained steady for the past 50 years despite advances in protection and awareness (and increased headphone use).
Worldwide, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has estimated that hearing loss is the fifth most common disability.
At Decibel, we are invigorated in our mission to create a world in which the benefits and joys of hearing are available to all when we read reports such as this. Knowing that greater one in five Americans will be affected by hearing loss reaffirms the importance of our work. We will continue to work tirelessly to build our end-to-end platform to address all forms of hearing loss and develop transformative therapeutics.