WHO Study Reveals Alarming Risk of Permanent Hearing Loss Among Youth

A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) has uncovered alarming statistics regarding hearing loss worldwide. According to the study, approximately 40 crore people worldwide require hearing aids, yet only 20% have access to them due to financial limitations and a shortage of human resources. By 2050, it is projected that 250 crore individuals globally will experience some degree of hearing loss, with 70 crore needing rehabilitation services. Particularly concerning is the revelation that over 100 crore young people are at risk of permanent hearing loss due to unhealthy hearing practices.

In response to these findings, WHO is revising its approach to provide hearing aid services, especially in regions with limited resources. While traditionally, highly-trained audiologists have offered these services, there are plans to train non-specialists to expand accessibility. Dr. Shelly Chadha, overseeing the WHO project, emphasizes the urgent need to address misconceptions and raise awareness about available services. Failure to address hearing loss issues could result in significant economic losses, estimated at one trillion dollars globally.

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