Hearing loss can affect the lives of both children and adults, as well as their families, friends and colleagues. When hearing loss remains untreated it can remove a person’s connection to their loved ones.
Through national policy changes that supports early detection and treatment, we can minimize the impact felt by millions of people worldwide. Did you know that by taking action to treat hearing loss it’s possible to reduce a person’s risk of dementia by over 8%? In children, we can also positively effect their speech and language development, educational achievement and future career.
You can read more about hearing loss in adults, hearing loss in children, and the costs to society. We regularly update our website to bring you the latest information, key facts, and infographics. If you’d like to learn more about a topic, you can also download our free special reports and position papers, which contain important research to help inform future policy decisions.
Did You Know…
- There are 196 million people living with hearing loss in Europe
- Around the world over 1,5 billion people live with hearing loss – this will rise to 2.5 billion people by 2050
- Reduced quality of life (QoL) costs Europe €67 billion per year
- The EU loses €149 billion from reduced productivity, under-employment, or unemployment of adults living with untreated hearing loss
- Around 20% of women and 30% of men in Europe will live with hearing loss by the age of 70. (Shield, 2019, WHO, 2021; Lamb et al, 2016, hear-it, 2019)
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