According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 5% of the world population, i.e. 360 million people, suffers from disabling hearing loss (hearing loss greater than 40 decibels (dB) in the better hearing ear in adults, and 30 dB in the better hearing ear in children), or 328 million adults and 32 million children.
Worldwide, 328 million adults and 32 million children have disabling hearing loss
This hearing loss may be due to genetic causes, complications at birth, some infectious diseases, use of certain drugs, exposure to excessive noise, or ageing. In most cases, primary prevention could prevent this loss.
The 18th National Ear Care Day will take place throughout France on Thursday 12 March 2015. On this occasion, public institutions and non-profit organisations are taking initiatives to welcome the public and inform both the young and not-so-young on risks to their hearing and how to look after it.
Throughout the year, the researchers at Inserm Unit 1159, “Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgical Rehabilitation of Hearing” work to find new strategies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Mild hearing impairment may indicate greater underlying problems – June 2014
Treatrush (TreatRetUsher): combating Usher Syndrome blindness – European collaboration in the service of a rare disease – February 2013