Hearing loss can affect the lives of both children and adults, as well as families, friends and colleagues. When it is left untreated it removes our connection to 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 a reduce 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.
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 very latest information, facts, and infographics on the subject.
Did You Know…
- There are 196 million people living with hearing loss in Europe
- Worldwide over 1,5 billion people are affected but this will rise to 2,5 billion people by 2050
- Reduced quality of life 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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