According to the Ear, Nose and Throat Department of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, 8.5 million Nigerians have hearing disabilities.
The Head of the department, Dr. Evaristus Afiadigwe gave this statistics on Monday at an event organised to mark this year’s World Hearing Day.
He expressed fear that the figure might increase to 30 million by 2030 if not checked.
He added that the number grew from the 2008 figure of 6.5 million.
“So, we can see that the burden is clearly higher than could be imagined.
”Fortunately, a lot of the causes of hearing loss can be prevented and treatment is available for most conditions, justifying the need for awareness campaign such as this,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Anthony Igwegbe advised the hospital community and the public to always check their hearing status, occasionally, to be on a safe side and for whatever disorder dictated to be handled by medical experts at an early stage.
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