Statistically, 19% of people in the United Kingdom suffer from hearing problems. That’s 1 in 7 people, how crazy is that?
Just recently, TV presenter, Eamonn Holmes, revealed on Good Morning Britain, that he’s been wearing hearing aids for 8 years. The problems and complications came when he turned 50 years old, when he had noticed that he lost 30% of his hearing altogether. It was after this, that he had decided to use hearing aids from here on out.
Because of Eamonn speaking up about his hearing troubles, the general British public can get a good idea on how bad hearing loss can really be.
Tinnitus is one of the most common health problems in the UK. 10% of people in the UK suffer from it and over half of the patients with the condition claim to have a severe case of the illness.
Essentially, Tinnitus is a ringing sound in your ear, that sounds highly unnatural, and there’s absolutely no way of getting rid of it. Older members of the population are usually susceptible to more painful frequencies, making it unbearable and agonising to live on a daily basis.
In the field of live music, musicians and people who work in the industry, are extremely at risk of getting a severe case of Tinnitus – especially if they don’t wear hearing protection. Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk was a known sufferer of Tinnitus, finding out he had the condition in 2002 after DJing in clubs rather often. This led him to step away from the live music scene and focus on only studio work and sound engineering. Since then, he has somewhat recovered, but he still has remnants of hearing loss here and there.
There are no known cures for Tinnitus. There are supposedly some ways to alleviate the symptoms of the illness, whether it may be drugs that cut down on excess noise or stretches and muscle massages – but they won’t permanently get rid of the sounds.
Hearing loss is also permanent. Going deaf, however, isn’t the end of everything though. Through the uses of sign language, people who are deaf can communicate with other deaf people and people who can also hear just fine. In fact, 50,000 deaf people in the UK alone use sign language to communicate with each other.
Sign language is usually communicate through different hand gestures and repeated motions and body language. It’s one of the most beautiful languages if you think about it.