News from Hear-It

News from Hear-It



More hearing loss among people in lower socioeconomic positions 

Those in lower socioeconomic positions are up to twice as likely to have hearing loss that those in higher socioeconomic positions, a British study finds. 

The study examined whether socioeconomic and modifiable lifestyle factors are associated with hearing loss among older adults in England. 

The study found that variation in education, occupation, income and wealth, which are important determinants of health inequality, are associated with hearing loss. 

In the study, socioeconomic position was strongly associated with the likelihood of hearing loss in older adults, with those with higher levels of education, income and wealth being less likely to be associated with hearing loss, while manual occupations increased the likelihood of hearing loss. 



Hearing and vision problems have great impact on senior life 

People with both hearing and vision problems have the greatest reduction in health expectancy, as well as an overall lower life expectancy compared to people without these problems or with just one of the problems, according to a study from Singapore. 

The study found that at ages 60, 70 and 80, people with either or both vision and hearing problems could expect more years of remaining life with limited physical function as well as with limitations in activities of daily living, compared to those without impairments. 


Let’s make listening safe for all 

An initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) is working to create a world where nobody’s hearing is put in danger due to unsafe listening. 

Exposure to too loud sounds for too long at work, when doing leisure activities or when listening to music can harm your hearing and cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. 

Therefore, an initiative of The World Health Organization (WHO), the “Make Listening Safe workgroup” in the framework of the World Hearing Forum is committed to creating a world where nobody’s hearing is put in danger due to unsafe listening.  

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