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Music Knows no Age, Neither Does Hearing Loss.


If you’re experiencing difficulties hearing the soundtrack of your life, there are steps you can take now and solutions available.

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"Playing music and listening to music has been a huge and integral part of my life since I was small. My parents found out I was deaf when I was very small and before I learned to talk. Mom spent a lot of time singing to me and teaching me pitch and melody."

Ruth, cochlear implant user

"My implant has completely transformed my life for the better. It has given me great happiness, and has enabled me to come out of a silent world and to communicate again, especially through playing the piano."

Elizabeth, cochlear implant user

“Music is important to many people with hearing loss, especially hearing implant users. It’s everywhere and plays an important part of life and culture. It satisfies emotions, meets our emotional needs, and contributes to quality of life.”

Johanna, MED-EL Musicologist, Research Associate, and cochlear implant user

"My cochlear implants have provided me with a new lease of life."

Colin, cochlear implant user

"My implants mean there are no barriers to what I can achieve."

Freya, cochlear implant user


Facts & Figures


Is Someone You Love Affected By Hearing Loss?

How to recognize the signs

Difficulty following conversations
Difficulty following conversations if there is background noise
Asking people to repeat themselves
Asking people to repeat themselves
Turning up the volume on the the TV
Turning up the volume on the the TV or radio
Stress from having to concentrate while listening
Feeling tired or stressed from having to concentrate while listening
Unable to tell where the noise/voice is coming from
Unable to tell where the noise/voice is coming from
Child does not respond to voices,
Child does not respond to voices, even on physical contact

REFERENCES

World report on hearing. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. D’Haese PSC, Van Rompaey V, De Bodt M and Van de Heyning P (2019) Severe Hearing Loss in the Aging Population Poses a Global Public Health Challenge.How Can We Better Realize the Benefits of Cochlear Implantation to Mitigate This Crisis? Front. Public Health 7:227.doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00227

Six Facts About Hearing Loss and Music

affected by hearing loss
1 in 3 people know somebody who is affected by hearing loss
hearing deteriorated
72% wouldn't notice if their hearing deteriorated
 hearing checked
Only 25% had their hearing checked in the past years
 people listen to music every single day
54% of people listen to music every single day
listening to loud music can put hearing at risk
59% of people don't know that listening to loud music can put their hearing at risk
people with hearing loss or cochlear implants can still enjoy music
91% know that people with hearing loss or cochlear implants can still enjoy music

REFERENCES

*All data are provided by YouGov GmbH. 12,762 respondents from 10 countries participated in the survey which took place in May 2022. The results were weighted and are representative for the respective population (age 18+)

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Quiz Time

1 How many people live with hearing loss?
2 How many young people worldwide are at risk of permanent hearing loss due to loud sounds?
3 People with hearing loss can still enjoy and play music.

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You can find out more about hearing loss and how to spot the signs in our Hearing Loss Infographic or by visiting About Hearing. If you would like to talk to someone about hearing loss or learn more about treatment options, our local hearing experts are here to help – simply complete our Online Contact Form and someone will be in touch shortly.


References of question 1 and 2:


World Health Organization. (2021). World Report on Hearing (p. 40). Geneva.



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