Over 3 million Canadians affected by hearing loss

March 6, 2013 by Simon Dufort

Over 3 million Canadians affected by hearing loss

Hearing loss is more common than we believe. It is often trivialized and stereotyped as affecting only very old people. But here are a few statistics that really reflect the current situation.
  • Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing phenomena related to aging in Canada. In 2002, according to Statistics Canada, more than one million Canadians reported having hearing problems, representing 50% more cases than for people who experience vision problems. In 2012, this number tripled to more than three million Canadians.
  • Hearing loss is second only to arthritis as the most common complaint of older adults.
  • In 2015, on a global scale, it is estimated that 1.1 billion people will be affected.
  • Approximately a third of people affected by hearing loss are at the age of retirement. Furthermore, many hearing-impaired people are still in school or on the work force. 
  • The most common causes are exposure to loud noise, presbycusis, infections, accidents and heredity.
  • In Canada, about 6 in every 1,000 newborns have hearing loss. In the neonatal intensive care unit at the CHU Ste-Justine, 4 in 100 babies are born with hearing loss.

There are many different studies and statistics on the subject and the numbers vary, but one point remains the same, the number of people affected by hearing loss is increasing and the impacts on society are great. And, with its aging population, Quebec will not be spared. Prevention is the key for the coming years. How quickly we respond is essential for any type of treatment. That is why it is advised that one conduct hearing testing for children for prevention, for adults starting at 50 years old, and every two years for people who work in noisy environments.

Don’t hesitate to consult an audioprosthetist at the Lobe Santé auditive et communication multidisciplinary clinics for more information.
References:
– http://hearingloss.ca/, ˝The Demographics of Hearing Loss˝ (consulted in December 2012).
– http://www.chu-sainte-justine.org, ˝Systematic Hearing Screening Test for Newborns˝ (consulted in December 2012).
– www.audiology.org (consulted in December 2012).
– www.phonak.com (consulted in December 2012).
– WHO Website, http://www.who.int (consulted in December 2012).
– http://www.thfc.ca (consulted in December 2012).