Senile hearing impairment refers to the decline of hearing function caused by aging and degeneration of hearing organs with age, which is often irreversible. While elderly hearing impairment leads to limited activities and social isolation of the elderly, it will also increase the risk of cognitive decline of the elderly or make them suffer from cognitive impairment to varying degrees, and even increase their likelihood of suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which will eventually have a negative impact on their quality of life, emotions, social behavior and social interaction.
The first World Hearing Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out that by 2050, nearly 2.5 billion people in the world will suffer from hearing impairment to varying degrees, and the number of elderly hearing impairment patients is expected to increase to 558 million.
According to the statistics of WHO, the global production of hearing aids can only meet 10% of the global demand and less than 3% of the demand of developing countries. The global supply and demand of hearing aids is unbalanced. Although the use of hearing aids is beneficial to physical and mental health, the use rate of hearing aids in elderly patients with hearing impairment is still at a low level. According to the survey, the use rate of hearing aids for the elderly in developed countries and regions represented by the United States and Australia is 10%~15% (14.2% in the United States and 11% in Australia). According to reports, the use rate of hearing aids for the elderly in China was only 6.5% in 2021, but the use rate in Taiwan was higher, reaching 18.4%. In general, the use rate of hearing aids for elderly patients with hearing impairment in China is still low compared with that in developed countries. With the continuous improvement of economic conditions, the elderly hearing impaired patients choose to wear hearing aids to improve their hearing level remains to be popularized.
Existing studies have found that the benefits of wearing hearing aids for the elderly are mainly to compensate for the hearing loss of elderly hearing impaired patients, effectively improve their quality of life, cognitive ability, emotional and social level, and even help improve their cognitive ability.
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