Hearing loss can happen to anyone, no matter your age or background. That being said, certain groups of people are more likely to develop loss on average.Men in particular are at a greater risk of developing hearing loss than women. In fact, a study by Johns Hopkins University in 2008 found the risk of hearing loss for men is five times greater than it is for women. Age and race both play a factor in this data. The gap between men and women usually begins around age thirty, with white men displaying the highest prevalence of loss.