World Health Organisation, (WHO), has today cautioned that one in four person of the world’s population will suffer from hearing problems by 2050.
Disclosing this today, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said more investment in prevention and treatment are needed as one in every five people worldwide currently undergoes hearing problems.
In its global report, the WHO pointed out that the causes of many ear problems, including diseases, noise exposure, infections, birth defects, and lifestyle choices could be prevented.
According to the body, “failure to act will be costly in terms of the health and well-being of those affected, and the financial losses arising from their exclusion from communication, education and employment”. One in five people worldwide have hearing problems currently, the authority said.
The report proposed a package of measures, which it calculated would cost $1.33 per person per year. It projected nearly a trillion US dollars lost every year because the issue was not being properly addressed.
However, the report further warned that “the number of people with hearing loss may increase more than 1.5-fold during the next three decades” to 2.5 billion people up from 1.6 billion in 2019. Of the 2.5 billion, 700 million would in 2050 have a serious enough condition to require some kind of treatment, it added up from 430 million in 2019. Much of the expected rise is due to demographic and population trends, it said.
The report noted that poor access to treatment is major challenge to hearing problems, buttressing that lack of access to care, which is particularly dominant in low-income countries where there are very few professionals available to treat patients.
“An estimated one trillion US dollars is lost each year due to our collective failure to adequately address hearing loss,” WHO boss said.