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U.S. Adults with Hearing Loss Projected to Nearly Double from 2020 to 2060.

Can you hear me now? If you're an adult living in the year 2060, there's an increasing chance you won't.

The number of Americans aged 20 and older who suffer from hearing loss is expected to nearly double over the next 43 years, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University.

Researchers project a gradual rise — largely driven by older folks — from 44.1 million people in 2020 dealing with "moderate or greater" hearing loss (15% of people 20 and up) to 73.5 million in 2060 (22.6%), per the report published Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.

"We already know that hearing loss affects a lot of people," study co-author Adele Goman, a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins, told the Daily News. "What we didn't know is how that was going to pan out in the coming years."

The predominant source of this steady increase, per Goman: the aging American population.

The number of Americans 65 and up was 46.2 million in 2014, according to the Census Bureau, and is projected to reach 82.3 million by 2040 — an expected increase from 14.5% to 21.7% of the population.

"That group (of older adults) is getting bigger, so hearing loss is going to affect more people," Goman told The News.

The swell of people likely to be affected by hearing loss over the next several decades makes "affordable interventions and accessibility to trained hearing specialists" all the more vital, the study authors write.

"Ideally, we can focus on strategies for preventing hearing loss, research focused into affordable intervention and access to hearing healthcare services," Goman said.

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