Hearing loss is quite common among middle-aged people, an Australian study finds.
Men vs. women
The study also found that age increased the risk of hearing loss and that men were more likely to have bilateral high-frequency hearing loss than women.
The study also found that 27.3% of the participants had a bilateral hearing threshold of 15 dB or more, while 23.8% had a unilateral hearing threshold of that 15 dB or more.
The study concluded that both slight (>15 dB) and mild (>25 dB) hearing loss show high and rising prevalence in middle age.
The study, “High prevalence of slight and mild hearing loss across mid-life: a cross-sectional national Australian study”, was published in the Journal Public Health.
Sources:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and Public Health
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