Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide are likely to be living with some level of hearing loss by 2050, predicts the World Health Organization’s first World Report on Hearing, released earlier this month.
“Our ability to hear is precious. Untreated hearing loss can have a devastating impact on people’s ability to communicate, to study and to earn a living. It can also impact on people’s mental health and their ability to sustain relationships,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This new report outlines the scale of the problem, but also offers solutions in the form of evidence-based interventions that we encourage all countries to integrate into their health systems as part of their journey towards universal health coverage.”
The report finds that the lack of information, combined with stigma associated with hearing loss, prevent people from accessing the care they need to address these conditions. Even health care providers often lack the knowledge in regard to hearing health care, especially when it comes to prevention and management of hearing loss. This is an issue as timely diagnosis is the key to a successful early intervention.
Even when the hearing loss is irreversible, treatment can help to alleviate some of the associated symptoms, and help to avoid the adverse effects of hearing loss. If you’d like to schedule a hearing exam at no charge, call (877) 426-0687 and schedule one with Hearing Revolution today!