Hidden Hearing Respond to WHO Hearing Loss Figures

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Specialists in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new figures released by the World Health Organisation.

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The WHO has published some startling figures about hearing healthcare throughout the world and highlights the need for early diagnosis and more awareness of hearing loss.

360 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss and with an ageing global population, the WHO says in a new report that more people than ever are facing hearing loss. One in three people over 65 live with hearing loss, 165 million worldwide.

The WHO says that current production of hearing aids is less than 10% of global need and that fewer than 1 out of 40 people who need a hearing aid have one.

They also highlight that half all hearing loss cases are easily preventable and can be treated through early diagnosis. The WHO is encouraging countries to develop programmes for hearing loss prevention in their primary care health system as well as vaccinating against measles, meningitis, mumps and rubella.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“The WHO has published some startling figures about hearing healthcare throughout the world and highlights the need for early diagnosis and more awareness of hearing loss. Thankfully in the UK, we have the facilities to identify and treat hearing loss as well as provide hearing aids, so it is important to use them. Anyone worried about hearing problems should book a free no obligation hearing test at one of our Hidden Hearing centres throughout the country.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People

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