2021-03-02

WHO released hearing report: One-fifth of the world’s people have hearing problems

By yqqlm yqqlm

China News Service, March 2nd, a comprehensive report, on the occasion of World Hearing Day on March 3, the World Health Organization released the first “World Hearing Report” on the 2nd, saying that currently one-fifth of the world Of people have hearing problems. In the next 30 years, the number of hearing impaired people may increase by more than 1.5 times, from 1.6 billion in 2019 to 2.5 billion.

WHO released hearing report: One-fifth of the world’s people have hearing problems

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p > The report said that by 2050, among the 2.5 billion people of about a quarter of the global population, 700 million will be severely ill to require some kind of treatment, compared with 430 million in 2019.

WHO calls for greater investment in the prevention and treatment of hearing problems. The report pointed out that hearing problems caused by infections, diseases, birth defects, noise exposure and lifestyle can all be prevented.

The report proposes some measures. It is estimated that each person needs to invest $1.33 in hearing care services per year. According to WHO’s calculations, governments of all countries can get a return of nearly US$16 for every US$1 invested.

One of the main reasons for hearing problems is the lack of access to treatment, which is particularly prominent in low-income countries, because there are far fewer professionals who can treat hearing problems. Nearly 80% of deaf patients live in these countries, and most people do not get the help they need.

The report says that even in wealthy countries with better facilities, access to medical services is often uneven. Moreover, the lack of accurate information and the shame surrounding ear diseases and hearing loss also hinder people’s access to care.

The report states that 60% of hearing loss in children is preventable.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in the report: “Because of our failure to adequately solve the problem of hearing loss, it is estimated that the annual loss of 1 trillion US dollars.” “Although the economic burden is huge, it is accompanied by The pain caused by the lack of communication, education, and social interaction from hearing loss cannot be quantified.”