The world is on the verge of a hearing loss epidemic. Some 360 million people live with disabling hearing loss worldwide and that number is growing. Young and older people are at risk. One in three older adults has hearing loss, and 1.1 billion young people are at risk for hearing loss around the world. Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss. In addition to loud noises, the daily sounds of life play a role in the decline of the world’s hearing health: lawnmowers, recreational vehicles, power tools, and music are some of the culprits. Other causes of hearing loss include aging and certain pharmaceuticals.
While hearing loss is largely preventable, nearly 70 percent of people never or seldom use noise protection. People with hearing loss often are unaware they have a problem. One in four adults in the U.S. who reported “excellent to good” hearing already have hearing damage.
In this session of Grand Rounds Nation from CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds, experts discuss the problem of hearing loss, its causes, prevention strategies, and public health solutions. Learn about World Hearing Day and the need for a global public health approach to overcome barriers to hearing loss.