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Listen Up! The Ultimate Hearing Loss Infographic

We think that this is the ultimate hearing loss infographic:An infographic giving facts about hearing loss

Hearing loss facts:

  • 360 Million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss. The figure could reach 900 million by 2025.
  • 33% of the over 65 years of age are hearing impaired.
  • 1.1 billion people, particularly young adults aged 12-35 years are at risk of hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.

Types of Hearing Loss:

  • Conductive hearing loss - Caused by any obstruction that prevents sound waves from reaching the inner ear.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss - Caused by deterioration of the tiny inner or outer hair cells in the cochlea or the auditory nerve.
  • Noise-induced hearing loss - Caused through prolonged exposure to harmful sound (noise) or a sudden brief but intense noise.

Common Causes of Hearing Loss:

  • Conductive hearing loss – Earwax, collection of fluid in the middle ear, ear infections (otitis media) and perforation of the eardrum.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss - Natural part of aging, head injury, viral infections and medication.
  • Noise-induced hearing loss – Listening to extra loud music, certain workplace environment and intense noise like an explosion to the ear.

Hearing Loss Symptoms:

  • Difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say, especially in group situations.
  • Asking people to repeat themselves.
  • Listening to music or watching television with the volume higher than other people need.
  • Difficulty hearing the telephone or doorbell.
  • Finding it difficult to tell which direction noise is coming from.
  • Regularly feeling tired or stressed, from having to concentrate while listening.

Managing Hearing Loss:

  • A hearing test is required to determine level of hearing loss, which could be mild, moderate, severe or profound.
  • The most common way to manage hearing loss is with hearing aids.
  • Amplified telephones, personal alerting devices and TV wireless hearing aids are also used to manage mild and moderate hearing loss.
  • Cochlear implants can be considered in cases of severe hearing loss.
  • Speech reading and sign language are useful to manage profound hearing loss

If you suffer from hearing loss or know someone who does then we think that this infographic will be a great start to learning more about the condition.

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Sources:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/ear-care/en/
http://www.hearingdirect.com/pages/Guide-To-Hearing.html
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hearing-impairment/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearinginternational/2011/incidence-of-hearing-loss-around-the-world/

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