The World Health Organization WHO, has warned that about 2. 5 billion people worldwide will likely suffer hearing loss by 2050, unless some actions are taking.
The World Health body stated this in its first health report on hearing, ahead of the World Hearing Day, which will take place on 3, March, WHO said was to draw attention of the world to tackling and taking actions to avoid the hearing loss.
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WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at the launch of the first hearing report said:
‘Our ability to hear is precious. Untreated hearing loss can have a devastating impact on people’s ability to communicate, to study and to earn a living. It can also impact on people’s mental health and their ability to sustain relationships.
“This new report outlines the scale of the problem, but also offers solutions in the form of evidence-based interventions that we encourage all countries to integrate into their health systems as part of their journey towards universal health coverage.” Dr. Ghebreyesus said.
WHO called for good ear sanitation among adult and continuous immunization of children, stating that about 60% hearing loss among children can be prevented through immunization.
“In adults, noise control, safe listening and surveillance of ototoxic medicines together with good ear hygiene can help maintain good hearing and reduce the potential for hearing loss.
‘In children, almost 60% of hearing loss can be prevented through measures such as immunization for prevention of rubella and meningitis, improved maternal and neonatal care, and screening for, and early management of, otitis media – inflammatory diseases of the middle ear.
In a statement obtained by Nationwatchng, from WHO website. It said early identification of hearing loss and ear related disease was key to addressing the challenges of hearing loss.
WHO called on World leaders to invest more in addressing hearing related challenges to avoid its avoidable affects.
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