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
Noise 24 hours a day
Tinnitus is noises in the head, not related to any psychiatric condition. The noise can be heard anywhere in the head or in one or both ears.
Diseases can lead to hearing problems
Diseases such as Otitis Media and Glue Ears may lead to hearing problems, also other diseases often result in hearing loss.
Causes of tinnitus
Most commonly, tinnitus is caused by noise. Working in noisy surroundings without using hearing protection increases the risk of tinnitus and hearing loss.
A set of earplugs can make a big difference when going to a concert or other places where loud music is being played.
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.
Stigma about hearing loss
People with hearing loss are subject to much prejudice and misconceptions: