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What is the rate of incidence for hearing damage?

Approximately 30 million people ages 12 and older in the U.S. suffer from hearing loss or deafness in both ears. About 15% of Americans ages 20-69 have hearing loss related to exposure to loud sounds at work or leisure. About 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to dangerous noise at work, and an additional 9 million are exposed to ototoxic chemicals. There are an estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. annually, an injury that may also lead to hearing loss. One in 5,000 Americans suffers sudden hearing loss annually for reasons that include head trauma.

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