World Ear Care day observed with resolve to eliminate deafness

Islamabad: The World Ear Care Day was observed on Sunday with the resolve to eliminate deafness from the world and promote global action on hearing care.

More than 360 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss‚ according to new global estimates on prevalence released by the WHO‚ for International Ear Care Day 3 March.

More people than ever before are facing hearing loss as the population ages globally‚ more people than ever before are facing hearing loss.

One in three persons over the age of 65 years a total of 165 million people worldwide lives with hearing loss. Although hearing loss from ageing can often be helped with hearing devices‚ there are not enough produced to meet the need.

“Current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of global need. In developing countries‚ fewer than one out of 40 people who need a hearing aid have one.” says Dr Shelly Chadha of the WHO’s Department of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness. “WHO is exploring technology transfer as a way to promote access to hearing aids in developing countries.”

Infections of the ear are the leading cause of hearing loss Another 32 million affected by hearing loss are children under age of 15. Infections of the ear are the leading cause of the disability‚ especially in low and middle-income countries.