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
Growing up with hearing loss
As a parent of a hearing-impaired child you must have in mind that all children - with or without hearing loss - develop differently.
Sounds are waves in the air
Sound waves are created when air molecules are set into motion and their energy is transmitted to adjacant air molecules.
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.
iPods cause hearing loss
Loud music and long periods of listening your iPods and MP3 players wear your hearing down at an early age.
Always test a mobile telephone
Hearing-impaired persons may have problems using a mobile phone. A lways test the mobile telephone before purchasing it.
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.