Sixteen percent of adults suffer from hearing loss great enough to adversely affect their daily life.
This is much higher than the previously generally assumed prevalence of 10 percent.
One of the major causes of hearing loss is ageing. Another common reason is exposure to noise. Some diseases can also lead to hearing problems.Read more
Hearing impaired in the workplace
Conversations with colleagues, and the concentration needed for communication during the day demand much energy.
Symptoms of hearing loss
Most cases of hearing loss develop gradually so the symptoms are often difficult to recognise. The first step is to realise that there is a problem.
An untreated hearing loss may have serious negative psychological effects.
Millions would benefit from hearing aids
One in six Europeans would benefit from using hearing aids. In the US 35 million people are hearing impaired.
One in six
One in six has hearing loss. But only some of those who need hearing aids use them even though they can improve quality of life.
Tinnitus patients feel better with hearing aids
A hearing aid may help, according to hearing specialists. Hearing aids may reduce the stress of bad hearing.