The Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (SEORL-CCC) has warned that one in ten people will be deaf in 30 years if risk factors such as excessive exposure to loud noises, poor diet and excessive consumption of ototoxic drugs.
On the occasion of the Day of the Hearing, which is commemorated on March 3, this medical society has joined the campaign “Enjoy the sounds of your life” promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), which warns about the risk of suffering from hearing loss from exposure to noise in recreational contexts.
According to WHO data, 466 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss, 34 million of them are children, and 60% of cases in children are preventable.
From the medical society they have insisted on the importance of “protecting themselves against noise, for example, in workplaces with noisy machinery, in recreational areas or concert halls or for prolonged use and at high volumes of audio players,” said the Dr. Luis Lassaletta.
Lassaletta, president of the Otology Commission of the SEORL-CCC, has admitted that it is sometimes “difficult to raise awareness” of these risks to young people who move in environments with high decibels, such as bars, clubs and concerts.
“The World Health Organization alerts us that right now there are more than one billion young people at risk of hearing problems simply because of these unhealthy habits of listening to music too loud,” said the specialist.
María José Lavilla, president of the Audiology Commission of the SEORL-CCC, has agreed that in addition to age, noise is the first cause of hearing impairment due to the use of hearing aids in mobile phones.
“To give an example: traffic is 85 decibels and we should know that 80 decibels do not affect our hearing even with an exposure of 8 hours, however, a possible hearing damage does not only depend on the intensity, because if I increase volume to those 80 decibels, I must reduce the exposure time, “he explained.
According to Joan Zamora, president of the Federation of Associations of Cochlear Implants of Spain, there are 17,500 people with severe or profound deafness who use this type of implants, of which 43% are children and 57% are adults. The specialist has acknowledged that the current problem is the waiting list for adults who require this type of hearing aid.
During the event, singer Diego Castaño “Mayor Tom” has performed the song “Your Barrier of Sound” dedicated to his daughter Juliet who was born with a hypocause or lack of hearing and who has had an implant. “I was in the car one day and suddenly my song began to sing. I had to stop the excitement. The implant changed my little girl’s life.”
According to the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (SEORL-CCC), the factors to prevent hearing damage would be: healthy eating, daily exercise routines, not manipulating or damaging the ears when cleaning them and not abusing anti-inflammatories and medications as aspirins or diuretics that could affect the auditory system.