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Re: [AUDITORY] Will I be deaf?


There are at least two somewhat older references that come to mind when it comes to (median, no distributions, I’m afraid) hearing levels and age. One is by Spoor 1967 (ref 1) describing the hearing levels as a function of age in western countries and the other is about the hearing levels as a function of age in a non-industrial country (Sudan) by Rosen et al., 1962 (ref 2). 

Not sure though whether this answers your question about proportions of the adult population that have a significant hearing-loss (e.g., Fletcher index > 35 dB), which in itself is only a single-value description that may neglect the overall shape of the audiogram. As mentioned earlier, thresholds may not necessarily be a good predictor of performance as neural integrity at threshold may be different than at higher sound levels (see e.g. hidden hearing loss). 


Cris Lanting, PhD
Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, University Medical Center Groningen
P.O. Box 30.001
9700 RB  Groningen
Phone: +31-50-3637157
Email: c.p.lanting@xxxxxxx

(1) ugly link: https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi0vZL38cbKAhWFoA4KHfcXDgoQFggfMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.isa-audiology.org%2Fperiodicals%2F1962-1970_International_Audiology%2FInternatAudio%2C%2520%2520Vol.%25206%2C%2520%25201967%2FNo.%25201%2520%2520(7-95)%2FSpoor%2C%2520%2520InternatAudio%2C%2520%25201967.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHe9VWDzt0cqvDYAEqdTsG2YnrwZg&sig2=NtilGGeGcYDZdug6L0lwvg

(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13974856

> On 25 Jan 2016, at 14:47, 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,
> Trevor