Treatment of presbycusis: where do we stand?

R. Lapenna, L. Cipriani, G. Ricci

Department of Surgical and Biomedical Sciences, Section of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Perugia, Italy

Hearing loss is an important health and social problem in general population. Epidemiological studies suggest that 12.7% of Americans 12 years and older had bilateral hearing loss from 2001 through 2008, and this estimate increases to 48.1 million or 20.3% when also including individuals with unilateral hearing loss 1.
About 8 million Italians (12% of the whole population) suffer from hearing disorders, more than half a million of whom are adults with severe deafness and subsequent social handicap

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