Acouphènes Québec is marking Speech and Hearing Month and would like to remind everyone that good hearing health is important. In Québec alone, it is estimated that there are 800 000 people—1 in 10—living with tinnitus that has a severe impact on their day-to-day lives.
Prevalence and risk factors among young people are cause for concern.
Dr. Sylvie Hébert, researcher and a professor at the School of Speech Therapy and Audiology at Université de Montréal and president of Acouphènes Québec, is worried about risky behaviours among youth. Recent studies state that in Québec, the number of consultations for tinnitus have more than doubled over the past 10 years among people who use headphones; studies have also shown that 3% of children have an auditory processing disorder.