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June 18, 2019

Every fourth Russian aged 40 or older says “I have a hearing loss”

More than 25% of Russians aged 40 or older say they have a hearing loss, a study finds.

Every fourth Russian aged 40 or older says “I have a hearing loss”

A Russian study has found that 26.1% of the participants in the study say they have a hearing loss.

The study, “The Russian Ural Eye and Medical Study (UEMS)”, is a population-based investigation performed in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan. In the study, self-reported hearing loss was identified by a series of questions.

Prevalence increases with age

As in other studies, the prevalence of hearing loss increased with age. In the total study population, the prevalence of hearing loss increased from 10.9% in the age group 40 to 45 years to 22.7% in the age group 55 to 60 years and to 59.0% in the age group 80+ years.

5,397 people participated in the study. The participants were aged between 40 and 94 with a mean age of 58.6 years.

The study, “Self-reported hearing loss in Russians: the population-based Ural Eye and Medical Study”, was published in BMJ Open in 2019.

Sources:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and BMJ Open.

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