22 January 2020

Hearing loss is common among older Taiwanese people

Four out of ten older Taiwanese people have a hearing loss, according to a Taiwanese study.

Nearly 40% of people over the age of 65 in Taiwan suffer from hearing loss, according to a survey published by the Taiwanese PSA Charitable Foundation.

This means that around 1.4 million elderly people in Taiwan have hearing problems.

The survey found that the ratio of people with hearing loss increased to 48% for those older than 75 and to 71.4% for those older than 85.

Men more likely to have hearing loss

Men have a higher proportion of hearing impairments than women, the survey found.

Less than three percent of those found to have hearing impaired in the survey went for further medical treatment after going through community-level screenings.

The survey looked at the hearing examination reports of 9,055 people from 2016 until the beginning of 2019.

Sources: www.taipeitimes.com and www.china.org.cn