U.S. adults with hearing loss from noise in one or both ears 2011-2012, by gender

This survey shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who had noise-induced hearing loss in one or both ears from 2011 to 2012, by gender. It was found that almost 32 percent of males had hearing loss due to noise, compared to 17 percent of females.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who had noise-induced hearing loss in one or both ears in 2011-2012, by gender

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Release date

February 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

2011 and 2012

Number of respondents

3,583 respondents

Age group

20-69 years

Supplementary notes

Noise-induced hearing loss in determined by the presence of an audiometric notch. An audiometric notch is a deterioration in the hearing threshold (the softest sound a person can hear). An audiometric notch is present when one or more of the thresholds at 3–4, or 6 kHz exceeds the pure-tone average of the 0.5 and 1 kHz thresholds by 15 dB hearing level (HL) or more, and the 8 kHz threshold is at least 5 dB HL lower (better) than the highest threshold in the 3–6 kHz range. Audiograms were not accepted if the test and retest results were greater of 10 dB. The average 1-kHz frequency was the value used in this study. Participants were excluded if they had partial audio exam, ear compliance ≤0.2 mL or pressure more negative than -150 dekapascals (daPa) (normal air pressure is approximately equal on both sides of the tympanic membrane [zero daPa])

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