How many people are affected by hearing impairment ?

有多少人受到聽力障礙的影響 ?

Approximately 466 million* people suffer from a disabling level of hearing loss worldwide. This is more than 5% of the international population. 

全世界約有 4.66 億人患有致殘級別的聽力損失。 這超過了全球人口的 5%。

Hearing Loss is on the rise !聽力損失呈上升趨勢 !

  • Aging

  • Loud noise

  • Heredity

  • Occupational noises

  • Recreational noises

  • Some medications

  • Some illnesses

老化

噪音

遺傳

職業噪音

娛樂噪音

藥物

疾病

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Source : World Health Organization

Hearing loss is very common among the elderly.

聽力損失在老年人群中很常見。

  • About 35% of people between the ages of  65 and 75 have some degree of hearing loss.

  • Almost 50% of people aged over 75 are hearing-impaired. 

  • 65 至 75歲之間的人中,約有 35%患有一定程度的聽力損失 。

  • 75歲以上的人中,接近 50%的人存在一定程度的聽力障礙。

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“ 110 million young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings. ”

 

mentioned in 2020 WHO report on deafness and hearing loss.

 

世衛組織在 2020 年關於耳聾和聽力損失的報告中提到:

 

“ 會有 11 億年輕人( 年齡在 12-35 歲之間 )因娛樂所接觸的噪音而面臨聽力損失的風險。”

What support is currently available for the hearing impaired ?  目前為聽障人士提供的支援 ?

The current major clinical support for people with certain degree of hearing loss or blockage is in-ear hearing aids devices.

 

現在解決一定程度的聽力障礙的主要方法是入耳式助聽器。

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However, over 80% of hearing-impaired people don't want to wear hearing aid device.

 

但是,超過 80% 的聽力障礙人士不想佩戴助聽器。

Reasons for rejecting in-ear hearing aids devices:

不願意佩戴入耳式助聽器的原因 :

  • Cost issues. ( Average around US$2000 per ear )

  • Fit and comfort issues.  ( balance of hearing in both ears )

  • Quality & maintenance issues.

  • Appearance & Psycho-Social issues.

  • 成本問題。 ( 平均每隻耳朵需要花費約 2000美元 )

  • 設計是否貼身和舒適問題。 ( 雙耳的收音平衡問題 )

  • 質量和維護問題。

  • 外觀和心理及社會問題。

The current major surgery aid for people with deafness is the implantation of in-ear hearing aid devices into the skull.

 

當前針對聾人的主要外科手術輔助方法是將耳內助聽器植入顱骨。

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Sound Transmitting device ( in-skull implanted )

聲音傳輸裝置(植入顱骨)

External Sound Receiver

外部聲音接收器

However, surgery risk and very high cost issue.但是,手術的風險和費用很高的。

466 million users’ market. NO perfect solutions yet !   一個有 4.66 億用戶的市場。尚無完美的解決方案!

Discover the latest solutions 

最新的解决方案