Hearing Loss Statistics


Why assistive listening are systems needed

It’s wonderful that places of worship, schools, and business have made themselves accessible to the visible minority of people in wheelchairs. For less money, they can also make themselves optimally accessible to the large but largely invisible minority of people with hearing loss.

In most places, hard of hearing people hear the broadcast sound, but only after it has traveled some distance from a loudspeaker, reverberated off walls, and gotten mixed with other room noise. Assistive Listening Systems take sound straight from the source and deliver it right into the listener’s head. It’s as if one’s head was located in the microphone, or inches from a television’s loudspeaker—without extraneous noise, or blurring of the sound with distance from the sound source.


Approximately 14-20% of the population are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind. To communicate:

  • 97.2% to 99% use oral communication
  • 1% to 2.8% use American Sign Language (ASL)

Sound Check Map. Interactive map. Understanding hearing loss prevalence and increasing awareness of hearing health solutions