To give you a better idea of how serious hearing loss is in Arizona (and how much work needs to be done to help Arizonans improve their hearing), it helps to run through a few key stats. Arizona has a population of just over 7 million, with around 5 million adults. Across the USA, about 14 percent of those aged 20-69 report experiencing some degree of hearing loss, which adds up to approximately 200,000 Arizonans.
However, when you add in seniors (and scorching hot Phoenix has a lot of seniors), the numbers rise significantly. Nationwide, about 25 percent of those aged 65-74 have “disabling” hearing loss, and 50 percent of those over 75. So around 400,000 Arizonans are suffering from hearing loss of some form – and maybe more.
But are they doing everything they can to prevent it and treat it? Probably not. One of the most shocking hearing loss statistics is that 16 percent of Americans who can benefit from hearing aids actually use them. That means there are hundreds of thousands of Arizona residents who refuse to seek out the best auditory technology.
If they knew what modern hearing aids can do, they would almost certainly change their minds.