The NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) states that about 2% of all adults ages 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate rises to 8.5% for adults 55 to 64. Between ages 65 and 74, the rate is approximately 25%. After age 75 the rate rises to 50%.
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Recent studies have shown that hearing loss is associated with changes in cognitive function, ability to remember and balance. Hearing loss may actually change the composition of the brain. Read: How Does Hearing Loss Affect the Brain? Authors Arthur Wingfield and Jonathan E Peelle; Disclosures Aging Health 2012