Hearing Ability and Awareness
Some 800 million people in the world suffer from loss of hearing. The Word Health Organisation WHO predicts that by 2015 the global figure will have even risen to 1.1 billion. This would be 16% of the estimated world population. And those affected are getting younger and younger. Of those affected, approx. 65% have a slight hearing loss, 30% a medium hearing loss and 5% a severe or profound hearing loss.
Studies have shown, however, that only one in five people who would profit from a hearing aid actually use one. On average, people with hearing loss wait almost 10 years before they do anything about it.
More knowledge about hearing can sensitize people and encourage them to have their hearing tested and, if need be, seek advice early. Often, early intervention by means of medication or an operation can remedy the loss of hearing. Wait too long and usually a hearing aid is required - the brain can actually "unlearn" the habit of hearing.
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