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Hearing loss – a global perspective! Hearing loss – a global perspective!

The World Health Organisation published statistics in March 2013 on how many people in the world are affected by hearing loss.

It is estimated that throughout the world there are approximately 360 million people of all ages living with hearing loss.

That’s 5.3% of the world’s population.

328 million of these are adults
32 million of these are children

There are 164.4 million people over the age of 65 years with a disabling hearing loss.
Approximately one third of all the people over 65 years of age have a hearing loss.

Hearing loss is experienced all around the world. However, the prevalence of hearing loss is affected by where people live in the world and also by their income. Some of the poorer countries see a much higher instance of hearing loss in its population. Prevalence in low to middle income countries is almost twice as high as in high income countries.

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