Hearing loss is more common than you might think. Interestingly, due to recreational and environmental noise, hearing loss is occurring at younger ages. It is not just an age-related disability; it is affecting people at younger and younger ages.
According to Statistics Canada, more than one million adults across the country reported having a hearing-related disability, a number more than 50% greater than the number of people reporting problems with their eyesight (StatsCan, 2002).
Other studies indicate that the true number may reach three million or more Canadian adults, as those suffering from hearing problems often under-report their condition.