Hearing Loss at 20? CDC Says it’s More Common than You Think

Hearing Loss at 20? Dominick Servedio AuD ManhattanNearly 20 percent of people in their 20s already have some hearing loss, and more than half of people are not losing their hearing from loud noise at work, according to a new report.

The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds a surprising number of Americans have some hearing loss — and many don’t even know it.

They may also not realize that everyday activities, such as mowing the lawn or even sitting for hours in loud traffic, could be damaging their hearing, the CDC said.

“About 24 percent of people ages 20-69 who report having excellent hearing have measurable hearing damage.” “Lots of people have hearing loss as a result of too much noise,” acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters. “People as young as 20 to 29 years old already had noise-induced hearing damage.”

 The CDC team got data from a large national survey of the health of Americans, and what they found surprised them. An estimated 40 million Americans under the age of 70 have hearing damage.

“About 53 percent of people ages 20-69 who have hearing damage from noise report no on-the-job exposure,” the CDC said in a statement. “About 24 percent of people ages 20-69 who report having excellent hearing have measurable hearing damage. About 20 percent of adults with no job exposure to loud sounds have hearing damage.”  This infographic shows some of the results.Info Graphic Showing Hearing Loss. Dominick Servedio AuD