- Hearing loss is irreversible.
- 360 million people (328 million adults and 32 million children) worldwide have disabling hearing loss
- 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss
- Hearing loss is common in Singapore, with more than 360,000 persons affected.
- Noise-induced deafness is the number one occupational disease in Singapore. Each year over 500 new cases are detected by the Department of Industrial Health.
- 1 in 6 youths in Singapore at risk of noise-induced hearing loss – Straits Times
- In Singapore, every baby receives a hearing test at birth – SingHealth
- 3 in 1,000 babies born in Singapore have severe or profound hearing loss, and 5 of every 1,000 have lesser degrees of hearing loss.
- Children suffering from hearing loss often unable to hear speech sounds such as “s,” “sh,” “f,” “t,” and “k”. Thus, speech may be difficult to understand.
- Women have better hearing than men at frequencies above 2Khz – University of Washington Medical Center; , University of Washington Medical Center, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
- Noise-induced hearing loss is related to a person’s genes. Some people are more likely than others to develop noise-induced hearing loss when they listen to certain sounds.
- Loud noise of 85 dB for more than 8 hours per day over prolonged periods of time can result in noise-induced deafness.
- You may suffer a ruptured eardrum when exposed to sound levels at 150dB without any ear protection.
- Listening to music at full blast on your iPod and MP3 player with in-ear earphones can actually exceed the sound level (120-130 decibels) of a jet plane taking off the runway.
- Hair dryer when set on high mode can reach 95 dB and cause damage to ears.
- Hearing loss can lead to anxiety, depression, fatigue, headache, tense muscles and intestinal problems.
- Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable.