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Re: [AUDITORY] Will I be deaf?

Hi Trevor,

you might find this little demo of old age hearing loss interesting: 

If you click on "show background info" you'll see what data this demo is based on and what it does. The average 80 year old hearing is really scarily bad and I secretly hope that my demo is an exaggeration, but it is based on a peer reviewed study Lee and colleagues http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692300 which looks well conducted, so unless the population they had access to is somewhat unrepresentative of ... well .. us (clutching at straws here?)...  then I guess the answer is probably yes, if you live long enough the odds are 50% or more that your hearing will get really quite bad at the end.



On 25 January 2016 at 13:47, Trevor Agus <t.agus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Dear list,

When encouraging people to be interested in hearing impairment, I'd like to say "most of us will be deaf". (The more common "1 in 6 adults in the UK..." isn't quite as personal.)

My best guess is that this is almost true, given our long life expectancy and the increasing risks of presbycusis, but I'd love to be able to put a figure on it.

Does anyone on the list have the epidemiological ability (and the data) to estimate what proportion of the adult population (in the UK or elsewhere) will at some point have a clinically significant hearing loss at some point?

All the best,


Prof Jan Schnupp
University of Oxford
Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
Sherrington Building - Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PT - UK