Hearing loss has long been one of the most common health problems of everything. At a minimum, it is one of those conditions that will affect most people in their later years. This has been the case for a long time, and remains unchanged. But there are many changes in hearing loss around the world, and recording them is quite revealing and informative.
It just so happens that hearing loss around the world is on the rise and, as we are about to see, there are a few possible reasons why this is so. Let’s dive into it in a little more detail.
Hearing loss is increasing
In general, the world is experiencing a strong increased hearing loss in all demographics and more or less in every nation on Earth. It’s hard to say why this might be, but part of the problem could have something to do with using devices in conjunction with headphones and earphones.
With these becoming more prevalent, and with a known correlation between their use and hearing loss, it’s no surprise that there is so much hearing loss these days, and that it’s happening pretty much all over the world.
Not only is hearing loss increasing, it also doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, the WHO projects that one in four people worldwide will have some degree of hearing loss by the year 2050. In other words, that’s about 2.5 billion people, all with some level of hearing loss.
Around 700 million of them will require some access to ear and hearing care, and other services, if needed. That is, unless there is some change in the way we currently approach hearing health as a global culture.
So what are the main causes of all this? hearing loss? Well, it is estimated that approximately 60% of hearing loss can be prevented in children by immunizing them against rubella and meningitis. Similarly, improving maternal and neonatal care and screening for inflammatory diseases of the inner ear could prove extremely useful in the near future. For adults, we will need to see a much quicker response when a person has hearing loss, which will of course mean that more investment will be needed very soon for this to be the case.
That investment is something that is currently lacking in today’s governments. Perhaps they should consider making a change there though, as it looks like we’re all going to benefit from an investment buff here. In fact, because of the way early treatment helps keep treatment costs down, governments can expect a return in real terms of around $16 for every $1 they spend on hearing loss research and investment. Clearly, this is the next step. Whether it will be or not is hard to say. We’ll have to find out.