Warning issued that half of Mexico suffers from hearing loss



At least fifty percent of Mexicans over the age of 45 suffer from some kind of hearing damage, while diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, and obesity are risk factors which can trigger deafness. The Mexican Institute of Otology and Neurotology has issued a warning underlining the need for people to control these risk factors in order to avoid collateral effects such as hypoacusis. In addition to this advice, environmental noise in places of work must not exceed 90 decibels, and while legislation exists to regulate sound intensity this, unfortunately, is not strictly enforced, hence deafness caused by exposure to noise is increasing considerably in the country.