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[LISTEN] A rising trend of hearing impairment across the globe

2 March 2019 8:43 AM
World Hearing Day 2019
Ahead of the World Hearing Day, experts urge people to take precautionary measures to preserve their hearing.

Ahead of World Hearing Day on March 3, 2019, experts have urged everyone to get themselves checked out preventing unsafe listening practices - with the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimating a rising trend of hearing impairment across the globe.

According to the World Health Organisation, there were 466 million people in the world with hearing loss in 2018 and the figure is likely to increase to 630 million by 2030.

Speaking to Africa on the Weekend Breakfast, Dr Fundile Nyathi who is the CEO of Pro-Active Health Solutions said, people are not aware of the potential harm that exposure to excessive noise can do to their ability to continue to hear properly. He said days like World Hearing Day are used to create more awareness so that people can take precautionary measures to preserve their hearing.

In South Africa all employers are expected not to expose their employees to noise levels above 85 decibels, however in some cases like the entertainment industry, people are exposed to noise levels that are above 85 decibels, and this among many industries include: the mining sector, police, military, agricultural sector and more. In those cases, employers by law are expected to identify those employees who are exposed to those noise levels and take measures to prevent them losing their hearing.

Dr Fundile Nyathi - CEO of Proactive Health Solutions

The World Health Organisation has launched a mobile application called 'hearWHO'. This app gives the general public access to a hearing screener to check their hearing status and monitor it over time.

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2 March 2019 8:43 AM
World Hearing Day 2019

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