Hearing loss facts are easy to come by, but hearing loss is a vast topic. It ranges from structure and function of the ear and ear protection, to hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and finally to the latest research on stem cell therapy. Below, you can find 10 important and interesting hearing loss facts that can help you understand this condition better. We offer you some guidance and insight, as well as useful tips and a look into the future of technical development and medical research.
10 Hearing Loss Facts
1. 7-10 years
The average time for a person to take action and address their hearing loss from first noticing a hearing problem is about 7-10 years. For more information, we have an amazing infographic on hearing loss.
2. 10% of the population by 2031
In the UK, there are around 10 million people with hearing loss. But, only 1.4 million out of 2 million hearing aids owners wear them regularly. Additionally, 4 million people could benefit from such a device. It is expected that by 2031, there will be around 14.5 million hard of hearing in the UK alone. Furthermore, about 10% of the population in the UK experience tinnitus (ringing or roaring in the ears).
Find out more about tinnitus and what you can do to alleviate the condition here.
3. Types of Hearing Loss
There are different types of hearing loss. It can be conductive (usually temporary and treatable), sensorineural (permanent and manageable) or mixed. Depending on the specific case or type, hearing loss can be helped with medication or treatment of an underlying condition, but the most common solution is the use of hearing aids. In the case of very severe hearing loss where regular hearing aids cannot alleviate the impairment, cochlear implants (requiring a surgical intervention) may be used.
Read more about the different types of hearing loss here.
4. Types of Hearing Aids
There are various hearing aids available. Types include behind the ear, in the ear, in the canal, completely in the canal, bone anchored and bone conduction. Also hearing aids are constantly evolving to provide a better sound quality. More and more interact with other electronic devices such as smartphones. They also fit individual tastes by varying in design, size and colour. Learn more in our guide to types of hearing aids.
5. It's Affordable
Contrary to many people's beliefs, hearing aids can be affordable and of good quality. In addition, you can choose the most suitable hearing aid for you online or even obtain one free of charge from the NHS along with battery replacements. Have a look at our range of affordable hearing aids here.
Used hearing aids may be donated or given for recycling along with used hearing aid batteries.
Two of the most common causes for hearing loss are noise and natural age progression. Additionally you can read more about the causes here.
Hearing loss has significant consequences on the sufferer's lifestyle if left untreated. Consequently the condition can lead to isolation, trouble communicating, depression, frustration (especially in noisy situations), and a withdrawal from daily activities such as talking on the phone or watching TV. Read more about the impact of unmanaged hearing loss here.
9. Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is common for people who spend a lot of time in noisy environments. Prone to hearing problems are construction and factory workers, car racers, riflemen, musicians, etc. To protect one's hearing you should take proper measures. For example, avoiding prolonged stays in noisy places and using earmuffs or earplugs where necessary. Read our guide to noise induced hearing loss.
Some current research is focused primarily on stem cell therapy and finding a cure for hearing loss and regeneration of the sensitive hair cells that are responsible for hearing. For the latest research have a look at the RNID's research pages. Hopefully our hearing loss facts have helped you in your research. Check out our free hearing test and further information below.
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Author: Joan McKechnie
After qualifying as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Joan has spent most of her 20 year career in hearing-care related roles. She has a wealth of experience within the hearing aid and hearing rehabilitation fields and has worked in manufacturing environments with two hearing aid companies helping to develop products and roll out new technologies. Joan has been involved with Hearing Direct since its launch and enjoys the online retail environment which seeks to provide easier access to hearing products and accessories. She is HCPC registered. Read Joan's full bio here.