Did you know that there are currently around 430 million people around the world that require help for hearing loss?
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2050, 700 million will require access to ear and hearing care! That’s a big increase. To better understand the current and future of hearing health, WHO published its first ‘World Report on Hearing.’ Reports like these are critical to not only professionals in the hearing industry but for the everyday person as well. Aging, disease, genetics, and injury-related hearing loss are difficult to prevent, nearly 100% of noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.
Let’s see what WHO found:
Almost 60% of hearing loss among children can be prevented through measures such as:
Immunization for prevention of rubella and meningitis
Improved maternal and neonatal care
Screening for, and early management of, otitis media – inflammatory diseases of the middle ear
In adults, hearing loss can be prevented through:
Surveillance of ototoxic medicines
Good ear hygiene
Proactive and preventative care is essential to maintaining good hearing health:
Conduct hearing screenings at strategic points in life to identify loss as early as possible
Utilize recent technology advancements to identify hearing loss
Use timely and appropriate treatment
Get properly fitted for personal hearing technology (i.e. hearing aids)
Overall, the report concludes the most essential part in hearing health among individuals is that hearing care is not integrated into national health systems. This can make finding the proper care a little more difficult to find and navigate. At Absolute Hearing Care Centers, we are committed to helping people hear their best and will guide you along your hearing journey!
Please Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
Read the full WHO report here: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/world-report-on-hearing