Ten facts about hearing loss you should know

  • Fact 1: There are around 360 million people with disabling hearing loss.
  • Fact 2: Unaddressed hearing loss poses a global cost of $750 billion international dollars.
  • Fact 3: Thirty-two million children have disabling hearing loss.
  • Fact 4: Chronic ear infections are the leading cause of hearing loss.
  • Fact 5: Nearly one in every three people over 65 years are affected by disabling hearing loss.
  • Fact 6: Noise is a major avoidable cause of hearing loss.
  • Fact 7: Hearing loss can be caused by occupational noise and the use ototoxic medications.
  • Fact 8: People with hearing loss can benefit from devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.
  • Fact 9: Sign language and captioning services facilitate communication with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Fact 10: Sixty per cent of childhood hearing loss is preventable through public health actions.

Communicating with a hearing-impaired person

  • First, gain their attention. Face the person directly and, whenever possible, remain at the same eye level. Missing the beginning of the message can make understanding very difficult.
  • Speak clearly; there is no need to shout.
  • Make sure you keep your hands away from your face. Give the listener every chance to see your whole face.
  • Reduce background noise (e.g., by turning off the radio or television). Relatively quiet listening conditions are recommended because this provides the best-possible voice reception and allows the listener to use any visual cues they may need to assist speech understanding.
  • Make sure light is not shining in the listener’s eyes.
  • If you’re not making yourself understood, find a different way of saying the same thing.
  • Be aware that the listener may have difficulty understanding speech, even with a hearing aid. Some hearing-impaired people have more difficulty following a conversation than others.

What does the theme for World Hearing Day mean?

  • Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life.
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be avoided through preventative actions such as: protection against loud sounds, good ear care practices, and immunization.
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be addressed when it is identified in a timely manner and appropriate care sought.
  • People at risk of hearing loss should check their hearing regularly.
  • People having hearing loss (or related ear diseases) should seek care from a health care provider.

What can you do on World Hearing Day?

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Joaquim Cardoso @ BCG

Joaquim Cardoso @ BCG

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Senior Advisor for Health Care Strategy to BCG — Boston Consulting Group