Check your Hearing! Because 1.1 Billion Young People are at Risk of Hearing Loss.
Nearly 50 per cent of people aged 12-35 years
Symptoms indicating the onset of hearing loss
Early detection of hearing loss is crucial to identify risky
Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – have disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people – or one in every ten people – will have disabling hearing loss. Globally, hearing loss which has gone unaddressed poses an annual cost of US$ 750 billion. – WHO
“In Pakistan, every year six million babies were born and around 75,000 of them had hearing problems”, said Dr Asad Hafeez DG Ministry of National Health Services
“Though babies can be treated if the problem is diagnosed by the age of six months, usually mothers come to know about it when their children become around two to three years old. At that age it becomes impossible to treat them,” he said.
In young children, noise-induced hearing loss hinders language acquisition. Learning disabilities, anxiety and attention-seeking
hearWHO is a free application for mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss.
The ‘hear WHO app’ will be used to raise awareness about the importance of hearing, encourage people to check their hearing regularly and practice safe listening and allow health workers to check the hearing status of people in their communities.
How to use hearWHO App?
The hearWHO app is based on a validated digits-in-noise technology: users are asked to concentrate, listen and enter into their mobile devices a series of three numbers when prompted.
These numbers have been recorded against varying levels of background sound, simulating listening conditions in everyday life.
The app displays the users’ score and its meaning and stores the outcome of the test so that the user can monitor hearing status over time.
Reminders to take the test regularly can be set by users. The app can be used by individuals as well as health providers with a view to facilitating hearing screening, especially in low-resource settings.
(Video) This WHO Mobile App
will Help You in Detecting HEARING? Problems [Urdu/Hindi/English Subtitles]