We protect our children's hearing, World Hearing Day

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Hearing loss can be prevented in many cases. The World Health Organization remembers this today on the occasion of World Hearing Day, World Hearing Day. An event that occurs every year on March 3

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La hearing loss in many cases it can to prevent. Remembers it todayWorld Health Organization on the occasion of World Hearing Day, World Hearing Day. An appointment that recurs every year il March 3.

Established in China in 2007 on the occasion of the first International Conference on the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Loss, the Day aims to sensitize and promoting ear care and hearing protection.

According to the WHO, nearly 32 million children around the world have to live with hearing loss. According to the new report entitled "Childhood hearing loss: act now, here’s how”(Hearing loss in childhood: act now, here's how), that 60% of cases can be avoided. Also, if discovered early and if children can get the care they need, they may be able to hear well despite problems.

"A child who has difficulty hearing can also struggle to learn to speak and for school performance and often ends up socially isolated", explains Etienne Krug, director of the WHO Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases. "But this must not happen. We have a wide range of tools to help prevent, detect and treat hearing loss in childhood ”.

In fact, most cases of childhood deafness can be prevented. There can be many causes hearing loss. WHO estimates that 40% are attributable to genetic causes, 31% to diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis, 17% to birth complications, including prematurity, low weight and jaundice. Furthermore, it is estimated that 4% is due to the unknowing use of drugs that are harmful to hearing.

To avoid its loss in childhood it is very useful properly manage noise levels. In addition to the prevention initiatives implemented in schools, in fact, everyday actions are of great importance, such as limiting excessive noise and high volume if you listen to music using headphones. The rule to follow is to limit yourself to a maximum of 60 decibels for no more than 60 minutes a day.

To read the WHO report, click here

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