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Ear and hearing care in a clinic in Zambia.
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Over one billion people at risk of hearing loss: WHO

Alerting that over one billion people aged 12 to 35, risking losing their hearing due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud music and other high volume recreational noise, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new international safety advice on Wednesday to tackle the rising threat of hearing loss. 

UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

News in Brief 2 March 2021

  • We must end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal for planet’s sake, urges Guterres 

  • Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners 

  • One in four people projected to have hearing problems by 2050 


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)/A. Smith

Preventing hearing loss "infinitely easier" than treating it: WHO

Over five per cent of the world’s population is living with hearing loss, but preventing the condition is “infinitely easier” than treating it.

That’s according to Dr Shelly Chadha, an expert on hearing loss and deafness prevention from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Chadha added that over one billion adolescents and young people are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud music.

She spoke with Lucy Dean in the lead up to World Hearing Day, marked on March 3, who began by asking about the prevalence of the condition worldwide.