It is predicted that by 2050, almost 2.5 billion people will have some degree of hearing loss, and around 700 million will need hearing rehabilitation. With projections indicating that the world population would be around 10 billion by then, this means that around a quarter of the world’s population will be affected by hearing loss.
Hearing loss is especially a concern among seniors. Over 30% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 live with hearing loss, while more than 50% of older adults above 75 face hearing-related challenges.
If these numbers are worrying, we should be thankful that research and development in audiology have made life more manageable for people with hearing loss. The development of hearing aids and cochlea implants means people with hearing loss can now live fulfilling lives.
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