Facts & Figures
About Hearing Loss in Children
Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Children
34 million people in the U.S. have some degree of reduced hearing
sensitivity. Of this number, 80% have irreversible hearing loss and
6 million of the 34 million are profoundly deaf.
1 million children in the U.S. have a hearing loss.
- 5% of
children 18 years and under have hearing loss.
- 1 in
22 infants born in the U.S. has some kind of hearing problem.
- 6 in
every 1000 infants born in the U.S. has some degree of hearing loss.
- 1 in
every 1000 infants born in the U.S. has a severe or profound hearing
- 83 out
of every 1000 children in the U.S. have what is termed an educationally
significant hearing loss.
every 1000 school-age students in the U.S., 7 have bilateral and
16-19 have unilateral hearing losses that may significantly interfere
with their education.
school age children, severe to profound hearing loss occurs in about
9 children of every 1000.
- 10 in
1000 school age students have permanent sensorineural hearing loss.
30% of children who are hard of hearing have a disability in addition
to a hearing loss.
loss is the most common congenital anomaly found in newborns
yet not all newborns are routinely tested for it.
three per 1000 babies are born with a significant hearing loss, and
many more children are born with milder forms of hearing loss.
of US children aged six to nineteen have a measurable hearing loss
in one or both ears.
- Any degree
of hearing loss can be educationally handicapping for children. Even
children with mild to moderate hearing losses can miss up to 50%
of classroom discussions. Unmanaged hearing loss in children can
affect their speech and language development, academic capabilities
and educational development, and self-image and social/emotional
- The average
age of identification of hearing loss in infants is two and a half
to three years of age - well past the critical period for speech & language
estimate that as much as 90% of what young children learn is attributable
to the reception of incidental conversations around them.
- 37% of
children with only minimal hearing loss fail at least one grade.
- All children
can be evaluated for hearing loss. Even children who are only minutes
old can have their hearing assessed using tests that are safe, painless
and easy to administer and get original generico drugs of the checked quality.
NIH studies have shown that children with hearing loss who are identified
and receive early intervention prior to six months of age develop
significantly better language ability than children identified after
- 93 percent
of deaf children are born into hearing families; only 7 percent are
born into deaf families.
Sign Language (ASL) is the third most widely used language in the