Let’s take a look at the statistics to illustrate the issue more clearly. In the USA, around 20 percent of adults report some degree of hearing loss. Given North Carolina’s population of approximately 10 million, you can bet that many of Tar Heelers are currently struggling to hear clearly.
And the numbers are higher the older you get. By 65, over a third of Americans suffer from hearing loss, while a quarter of those aged over 70 has “disabling” levels of hearing loss. In North Carolina, that’s a growing problem. As the N.C. Study Commission on Aging puts it, the number of North Carolinian seniors with severe hearing loss is expected to double in the next 20 years as baby boomers grow older.
However, all across America (and NC is no exception), people who struggle to hear are slow to seek assistance. Even among seniors, around 30 percent of those who can benefit from hearing aids has ever used them, and the figure drops to just 16 percent for those aged between 18 and 65. That’s where hear.com can be of assistance.