31 March 2015

Hearing loss is a growing global issue

Recent studies from all over the world demonstrate that hearing loss is a growing problem.

It doesn’t matter whether you are born in Sweden or Singapore. Hearing loss is a global issue and new studies show that the problem is rising.

Hearing problems have been ignored

By 2031, nearly 20% of the UK population will have a hearing loss. That is the conclusion of a report by the Commission on Hearing Loss. Today, it is estimated that 10 million people in the UK experience hearing loss. The commission expects that this number will rise to 14.1 million people in 2031.

The report outlines that for far too long, hearing loss has been ignored in the UK.

Hearing loss in large numbers

A report from Sweden’s organization for the hearing impaired, HRF, concludes that the proportion of people with hearing loss has increased by 50% in the last 25 years. 10% of Swedes with hearing loss perceive their own health as being poor or very poor. Compared to the general population, twice as many Swedes with hearing loss get early retirement.

The report also states that the consequences of having a hearing loss can lead to a worsened health condition in general. 455,000 of the 1.4 million hearing impaired in Sweden use hearing aids. Even though this number is higher than ever before, two-thirds of hearing impaired Swedes still do not use hearing aids.

Driving and ‘deaf’

A survey conducted by REACTION Youth for the Prevention shows that 20.6% of the population of Cyprus exhibit signs of hearing loss. The statistics project predicts that in 2015, 128,000 out of 785,000 Cypriots will suffer from at least some hearing loss.

The survey also showed that among Cypriot drivers, 14.7% suffered from at least some hearing loss. The ability to hear a potential danger is crucial while travelling in traffic.

More people with tinnitus

14% of the Brazilian population have hearing problems. This corresponds to 28 million people and according to Brazilian studies, hearing problems like tinnitus and deafness will only increase in the future. 

Studies show that 9.8 million Brazilians suffer from hearing loss directly. Many people develop lifelong hearing problems because of bad habits, accidents or illness. 30-35% of all hearing problems in Brazil are credited to exposure to loud sounds, for instance at work or during leisure time.

Earphones damage your hearing

A study from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore has concluded that over 16% of the youth population in Singapore are at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss due to their music habits. The study shows that the main reason is young people’s use of earphones.

Based on the study, the researchers point out a need for an effective noise prevention program among young people in Singapore. 

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